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This edition: October 2006

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Original tape date: October 10, 2006.

1/ Ambroise Vollard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Great paintings deserve great viewers, but it's not always easy to connect the two. Arguably the greatest intermediator of the first half of the 20th century was Ambroise Vollard. A patron, dealer, and publisher, he brought the gospel of modern art to Paris and beyond. Consider a list of a few artists he promoted: Bonnard, Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, and Vuillard. Curator Gary Tinterow talks to CANAPE about the exhibit Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

2/ Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola
“ Let them eat cake!” So said Marie Antoinette, who thereby earned herself a place in quotable history. It also put her in line for the guillotine at the height of the French Revolution. Her life certainly never lacked drama or luxury or just about anything else. It's the stuff of movies and that's what it has become. The acclaimed director of Lost in Translation Sofia Coppola goes where no camera has gone before to tell Marie's tale. The director and her star Kirsten Dunst give CANAPE a preview.

3/ The Tour de France by Christopher Thompson
Lance Armstrong put the Tour de France on the American map. His accomplishments opened a door to the world of competitive bicycle racing. But all of this is no surprise to the French for whom the race has been an annual event since 1903. Indeed, in his new book The Tour de France: A Cultural History Christopher S. Thompson examines how the race mirrors the many changes in 20th century France. CANAPE signs up for a tour with the author.

4/ Empress by Shan Sa
Bilingual authors bring a special accent to their fictional worlds. One need only think of the special universes created by Samuel Beckett and Vladimir Nabokov. A new candidate for that list is Shan Sa, already winner of multiple literary prizes. Born in Beijing in 1972, she moved to Paris in 1990. Her novel The Girl Who Played Go, written in French, won worldwide acclaim. The gifted painter as well as writer chats with CANAPE about her new novel Empress based upon the life of Empress Wu, China's first female ruler.

5/ La Cinémathèque Française
It's hard to imagine but once there was a world without DVDs, cassettes, cable television, and telephones that show movies. But that's not to say the world lacked movie lovers, folks who were confident that the cinema was something more than just a way to waste a few hours. One of the great institutions to grow out of that cinephilia is the Cinémathèque Française, now housed in a beautiful Frank Gehry designed building in Paris. Director of the Cinémathèque Serge Toubiana seats CANAPE for a matinee performance.

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