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This edition: November 2006

Episode Details

Original tape date: November 23, 2006.

1/ Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys
Between New Orleans and Houston there is a strange, magical country: cajun country. It's a place with its own language combining centuries old French with rural American English. It's also a deeply musical culture with its own style. Cajun music is now one of Louisiana's important export products, packages of pure joy. CANAPE finds Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys playing at Joe's Pub in Manhattan. Band members talk about bringing their country culture to the Big Apple.

2/ Jacques Rivette Retrospective at the Museum of the Moving Image
Have you read the book? No, but I've seen the movie. The case of French New Wave master Jacques Rivette upturns the cliché. Have you seen the movies? No, but I've read about them. For many years it has been difficult to judge the full measure of Rivette's artistic accomplishment because many of his films were unavailable in the USA. Now the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens in New York offers a timely retrospective. Curator David Schwartz talks to CANAPE about screening works whose brilliance and influence are legendary.

3/ The Mystery Guest by Grégoire Bouillier
Most mysteries call for a solution. But some mysteries create more mysteries. In Grégoire Bouillier's slim memoir The Mystery Guest, a ten year old puzzle leads the author into an unexpected personal adventure. Why did a woman leave him ten years ago? Why does she call and invite him to a party, never explaining her earlier abrupt departure? What kind of party is it? For this segment, CANAPE's guest is no mystery. He is author Grégoire Bouillier.

4/ Isild le Besco : an exhibit and a new movie
Not yet 25 years old, French actress Isild le Besco has appeared in more than 20 feature films and directed two. Her latest American release Backstage, directed by Emmanuelle Bercot, takes a candid look at the world of celebrities and their fans. Are they co-dependent? CANAPE will explore the topic if you will. Meanwhile, photographer Haik Hocharian talks to CANAPE about his portraits of the actress on display at the Robin Rice Gallery.

5/ Eva Green
An evil plot to control the world, martinis shaken not stirred, and chases with enough explosions to wake the dead. Welcome to the world of 007, the agent with a license to kill. Bond. James Bond. And where there is a Bond, there are Bond girls. It's a rule of the 007 universe. The latest is French actress Eva Green, whose breakthrough role was in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers. CANAPE ventures into the world of international intrigue to capture an interview with a Bond beauty.