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Original tape date: December 21, 2006.

1/ “Perfume” : 2 new adaptations
The internationally bestselling novel Perfume by Patrick Suskind relates the story of a man in pursuit of the perfect scent, a perfume that creates an olfactory paradise. Set in 18th century France and subtitled The Story of a Murderer, it now has been adapted to two other media: the movies and perfumes inspired by its world. Canape takes a whiff of it all with director Tom Tykwer, actor Ben Wishaw, and real life perfume creators Christophe Laudamiel and Christoph Hornetz.

2/ “French Island Elegance” by Michael Connors
The French colonial presence in the Caribbean for several hundred years gave birth to decorative arts that combine the many cultural influences that meet on the islands. These objects could only come from there. Their beauty may be universal but its origin is local. Author and art historian Michael Connors tells Canape about his attraction to French Island Elegance.

3/ Sempé : A new series of books released by Phaidon Press
For any French child Sempe is the artist who created the ever popular illustrations of the 'Le Petit Nicolas' book series. For Americans he's not even French. He's one of the signature graphic artists featured in The New Yorker. Canape offers a petit plat of his delightful work.

4/ 120th Anniversary of Moet & Chandon in the US
As much as the hamburger is American, champagne is French. But, of course, the French - don't tell anyone - eat hamburgers and Americans enjoy the pleasures of the bubbly. Indeed, the Moet & Chandon White Star label of champagne arrived in New York the same year as France's most famous emigrant, the Statue of Liberty. Executive Franklin Isacson tells Canape about the unending role that champagne has played on the stage of American celebration.

5/ “Americans in Paris” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
In the late nineteenth century Paris was the mecca of the art world. As the great American expatriate novelist Henry James observed in 1887, “It sounds like a paradox, but it is a very simple truth , that when we look for 'American art' we find it mainly in Paris.” A full range of these works is now on display at the Metropolitan Museum in the exhibit Americans in Paris, 1860-1900. Curator H. Barbara Weinberg guides Canape on a tour.

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