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This edition: May 2006

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Original tape date: May 18, 2006.

1/ Arielle Dombasle
A glance at Arielle Dombasle reveals a world class beauty. A second look reveals an artist who acts, directs, and sings with equal fluency. Another take leads one into the mysterious territory of someone who may be beyond simple categories. Witness her new recording Amor, Amor, a collection of classic Cuban and Mexican boleros sung in Spanish. With the disc she returns to a love of Latin culture that comes from childhood years in Mexico. CANAPE chats with the diva about music and emotion.

2/ Emmanuel Carrère director of “La Moustache”
It's obvious. He had a moustache. And then he shaved it off. End of story. Au contraire: it's not obvious and it's the beginning of the story in Emmanuel Carrere.'s ambiguous La Moustache. The entertainment bible Variety says that it's tone is “a bit like Gaslight meets Roman Polanski's The Tenant.” And adds that “those who relish outstanding perfs in the service of an intriguing idea will be entertained.” CANAPE meets with the director who adapted his own novel for the screen.

3/ Habdaphai
Think globally, act locally. It's a slogan worth considering. For Martinican multiform artist Habdaphai it's a way to communicate the vibrancy of his syncretic Caribbean culture to France, the USA, and beyond. His media include video performance, installations, painting, sculpture, and more. His vision always issues from the multimétissage of European, African, and indigenous elements of the region. CANAPE visits the artist in Martinique.

4/ “When Champagne Became French”
Some things seem like permanent fixtures of the universe. The status of champagne as the ultimate luxury drink would seem to be one of them. But what if god didn't invent champagne during those first six days? Surely, then, it was the French who did it. Or could it have been the English who discovered it? There is a tale to be told and historian Kolleen Guy does it with sparkle. She lets the reader know how champagne moved from regional specialty to global luxury. CANAPE takes a few sips of the story from the author's cup.

5/ Pierre Lhomme, cinematographer of “Army of Shadows”
Legendary director Jean Pierre Melville's epic story of the French resistance during World War II Army of Shadows was released in France in 1969 but never jumped the pond. When he died of a heart attack in 1973 it was not considered one of his key films. But over the past thirty years filmmakers and cineastes have been returning to the riches of his works. Walter Hill, Quentin Tarantino, and John Woo are all admirers. As the New York Times observes, “He left behind one short film and 13 features, a few of which, including Army of Shadows, are worthy of that overused superlative masterpiece.” CANAPE talks with his collaborator, master cinematographer Pierre Lhomme.

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