This edition: April 2008
Original tape date: April 17, 2008.
1/ Courbet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Before there was Impressionism there was Realism. One Frenchman more than any other figure stood for the revolutionary principle of showing everyday life on the same scale as Greco-Roman or Biblical scenes. His name was Gustave Courbet, and he changed the visual culture of Western civilization. For the first time in thirty years the Metropolitan
Museum is offering a large retrospective of 130 works that gives deep insight into Courbet's place in the development of modern art. Curator Gary Tinterow gives CANAPE a glimpse of the exhibit.
2/ "Love Songs" by Christophe Honore
The international movie sensation of 1930 was Under the Roofs of
Paris, a romantic musical directed by Rene Clair. More than 75 years
later the Parisians are stilling singing about their city. The latest
sensation is Love Songs, a hit at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. It's
set in contemporary Paris where, just as in Clair, the young residents
struggle with love and life. Director Christophe Honore and star Louis
Garrel talk rather than sing to CANAPE about their film.
3/ Homage to Jules Dassin
In March 2008 Greek, French, and American film lost a great director, 96 year old Jules Dassin, who made popular and critically acclaimed films in all three countries. His titles include The Naked City, Never on Sunday, and Topkapi. CANAPE replays its 2000 interview with him at
a chipper 88 as he celebrated the re-release of the French heist film classic Riffifi.