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This edition: June 2007: "La Vie en Rose, with Marion Cotillard; "French Education New York"

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Original tape date: June 1, 2007.

1/ “La Vie en Rose” with Marion Cottillard

The tragic songstress is a common enough figure in the mythology of the 20th century. There’s no lack of Hollywood A-level productions as well as cable movies that track the rise and fall of a
doomed singer. There’s also no lack of parallel cases from other countries. France’s vibrant new contribution to musical biopics is La Vie en Rose, the life of Edith Piaf. Director-writer Olivier Dahan and lead actress Marion Cotillard tell Canape how they set out to capture the life of France’s famous little sparrow.

2/ “French Education New York” for a dual language French-English public school in New York

Today’s children hear more languages than ever before. And today’s parents are more likely than ever to work in a country other than their own. What are parents to do if they want their children to keep a first language while mastering another? In 2004, a group of French speaking parents of children attending American schools started meeting to consider the options. Catherine Cusset talks to Canape about the goals of the organization French Education in New York.

3/ Armand Ntep

Vocalist and composerArmand Ntep began performing at the age of 8 with his father’s orchestra in Ezeka, Cameroon. He’s since song and played elsewhere in Africa, Europe and North America. Each of the 3 contributes to his repertoire and his compositions. Few artists can switch from ballads to Pygmy rythms, from Hip Hop to Bikutsi beats, from jazz to cha cha cha. Canape talks to the citizen of 3 musical continents.

4/ “Angel-A”

Think about the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Now think about some changes. What if the
Jimmy Stewart character were a Moroccan living in Paris? And what if Clarence the Angel were a beautiful Danish blonde? If you think that’s unlikely, then you need to see Luc Besson’s new film Angel-A which retools and relocates the fable of how an angel changes a man’s life. Canape takes a look at this mythical Paris photographed in glorious black and white.

5/ Michel Legrand at the FIAF

What do Clint Eastwood, Jean-Luc Godard, Frank Sinatra, Claude Lelouch, Barbara Streisand and Miles Davis have in common? They all worked with the stunningly gifted French composer, arranger, conductor and pianist Michel Legrand. Winner of 3 Oscars and 5 Grammys, he’s created film scores that continue to play in the collective jukebox of the 20th century. Canape finds the master musical artist at the French Institute Alliance Francais as he prepares for an evening of jazz.

Guest List

Marion Cotillard Actress

Catherine Cusset Writer

Olivier Dahan Film Director

Michel Legrand Filmmaker

Aramnd Ntep Musicians

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