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This edition: May 2005 edition

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Original tape date: May 15, 2005.

Avengers of the New World
In the late 18th century a revolution took place that changed the shape of the Americas. Yet it wasn't the French or the American revolution. It was the Haitian revolution, the most successful slave rebellion in history. It was a bloody 13 year struggle that put on alert all other slave owning territories in the New World. Chosen by the Los Angeles Times as the Best Nonfiction book of 2004, Avengers of the New World tells the story of the creation of the first Black republic. Historian Laurent Dubois talks with Canape about an important story too little known.

Pierre Soulages
How do you name something new? Master French abstract artist Pierre Soulages calls his new work “outrenoir,” a light transmitted by black. For him, it's “another country, another mental field than that of simply black.” The octogenarian artist, who hasn't exhibited in New York for over thirty years, is enjoying a double showing of his works at Haim Chanin Fine Arts and Robert Miller Gallery. He takes times from his busy schedule to chat with Canape.

Apres Vous
From Laurel and Hardy to Oscar and Felix of The Odd Couple, comic buddy movies are an enduring tradition. Add now to the gallery of characters Antoine, played by Daniel Auteuil, a maitre d' who saves lovelorn Louis, played by Jose Garcia, from suicide and decides to help him back into life. In comedy help seldom travels in a straight line. In the capable hands of director Pierre Salvadori the road to happiness turns into a labyrinth of comic errors. The filmmaker talks to Canape about the amusing dangers of good intentions.

Sophie Calle
Where does curiosity end and something else begin? It's a question that haunts the work of French photographer, installation and conceptual artist Sophie Calle. In disguise she once followed a man from Paris to Venice to assemble a photographic dossier of his life. Novelist Paul Auster was inspired to model one of his characters on her. Her current exhibit Exquisite Pain juxtaposes Calle's story of an emotional disaster in her own life with recollections by others of pain and heartache. Canape spies on the artist herself.

Kings & Queen
Nominated for seven Cesar awards in France, including Best Picture, Kings and Queen matched its critical success with box office clout. The story of two former lovers whose lives become intertwined again, it's been called by The Village Voice “a towering tragicomedy, the arthouse equivalent of a blockbuster thrill ride.” Mixing comedy, tragedy, and melodrama director Arnaud Desplechin creates a portrait of urban family life that bears comparison with Woody Allen. On a trip to Manhattan the filmmaker talks about France today.

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