This edition: June 2010
Original tape date: June 17, 2010.
1/ Henri Cartier-Bresson at MoMA
Memory and history are more than words. They are also images. Where did the 20th century go for its vision of itself? It’s safe to say one place was the photographic work of Henri Cartier-Bresson. A new exhibit at MoMA -- Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century -- gives beautiful evidence of the enduring impact of his art. As the first retrospective in over thirty years, the show gathers more than three hundred images arranged in thematic groups. Curator Peter Galassi talks to CANAPE about the French photographer who helped define his era.
2/ "Looking for Eric" by Ken Loach
Largely underrated in his native France, champion soccer player Eric Cantona came to be known as King Eric when he played for Manchester United. Now British filmmaker Ken Loach adds more luster to his star by casting him in the hilarious comedy of middle age redemption Looking for Eric. The feisty footballer comes to the rescue of a depressed and befuddled postal worker prone to panic attacks. CANAPE catches director Loach and star Cantona at the Cannes Film Festival.
3/ Louise Bourgeois Tribute
“I’m afraid of power. It makes me nervous. In real life, I identify with the victim. That’s why I went into art.” So spoke Louise Bourgeois, the French born American artist who passed at the age of 98 in May 2010. Her identification with the victim led to some of the most powerful images created by a woman artist – or any artist – of the 20th century. CANAPE revisits one of her last exhibits and celebrates her art.
4/ "Let It Rain" by Agnès Jaoui
As a director, writer, and actor Agnes Jaoui has made a special place for herself in comedies of manners. She knows the French professional classes the way Woody Allen knows Manhattan. In her latest outing Let It Rain she plays a feminist intellectual now active in politics. Visiting her family home in the south of France, she agrees to an interview for a documentary. CANAPE talks with Agnes Jaoui about the comic complications that ensue for her characters.
5/ Films on the Green
For many New Yorkers summer means more time to spend in the city’s many parks. Strolling, throwing a Frisbee, kicking a ball, listening to a free concert: these are all pleasures that have a long history. For the third year French movies take a place on the list of treats. The theme of this year’s Films on the Green Festival : the Musical.
6/ "Wild Grass" by Alain Resnais
1959 was a very good year at the Cannes Film Festival. Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon Amour won the Golden Palm. Fellow cineaste Eric Rohmer deemed it “the first modern film of sound cinema.” Flash forward 50 years: who is at Cannes in 2009? The same Alain Resnais. His new film Wild Grass takes home a Special Jury Prize. At 87 years old he is still an innovator, a magician of the silver screen in the digital age. CANAPE attends the press conference to hear the master speak.
Sabine Azéma Actress
Eric Cantona Former Soccer Player, Actor
William Castro NYC Parks Commissioner
André Dussollier Actor
Peter Galassi Curator
Agnès Jaoui Director
Ken Loach Film Director
Alain Resnais Film Director
Nancy Spector Curator