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This edition: July 2006

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Original tape date: July 21, 2006.

1/ DADA at MoMA
Art travels at the speed of the Internet. During World War I it was a different story. The slaughter of the trenches made the old art irrelevant. Out of that chaos came the first truly international art movement: Dada. New York and Zurick were joined by Berlin, Koln, Hanover and Paris as centers of avant-garde work. Curator Anne Umland tells Canape how the movement now on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art continues to influence art today.

2/ Air France 60th anniversary in the United States
Some folks have been jumping the pond longer than others. Of course there was that Lindbergh fellow who started the trend. 60 years ago, Air France pioneered the Paris-New York route. Many happy exchanges have followed and they think it is worth celebrating. Executive Richard Pasciuto tells Canape about the past and future of Air France in America.

3/ The Bridesmaid by Claude Chabrol
Claude Chabrol began by following in the footsteps of his idol : Alfred Hitchcock. Now almost 50 years after his own first film, he can boast his own rich legacy of psychologically nuanced thrillers, models well worth study by aspiring directors. The latest edition to the gallery is the Bridesmaid, a story about the dangers of choosing the wrong romantic partner. Actress Laura Smet shares with Canape her thoughts about working with one of the founders of the French New Wave.

4/ Roxane Butterfly
The French Mediterranean city of Marseilles may bring many things to mind. An ancient port, lively markets and the sounds of world as close as North Africa as to Paris. Most people would not put tap dancing on that list. That's something from vaudeville and America. French dancer Roxane Butterfly of Moroccan descent fell in love with the form when she first saw touring American dancers but saw new possibilities as well. She chats with Canape about her mission to expand tap as an internationally popular expressive form.

5/ Suite Française
The remarkable novel Suite Française is drawing praise from all critical quarters. But the remarkable thing is that it exists at all. Written by the Russian born, France-based Jewish writer Irene Nemirovsky, the book was lost for over 50 years. The author and her husband perished in concentration camps. The manuscript was left with their daughter Denise Epstein who survived in France. She visits with Canape and talks about the masterwork's journey to print.

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