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This edition: December 2011

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Episode Details

Original tape date: November 17, 2011.

First aired: December 22, 2011.

1/ The Radical Camera
Francois Truffaut once remarked, "Our New Wave would never have come into being if it hadn't been for the young American Morris Engel, who showed us the way to independent production with his fine movie, Little Fugitive.” The young American was part of the The Photo League, which was founded in 1936 to promote the artistic merits and social uses of documentary photography. CANAPE visits The Jewish Museum to survey the exhibit The Radical Camera, which demonstrates how international was the perspective of these deeply American artists.

2/ Stranded Horse
He’s a one man band. These days it’s usually a metaphor. Not so in the case of Stranded Horse, the band comprised solely of Yam Tambour. His unique style of blending kora, guitar, and vocals yields music that references West Africa, medieval folksong, French chanson, and more. CANAPE catches him in New York as his second albumHumbling Tides hits the market and as he adds the USA to a fan base that already includes most of Europe.

3/ Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O’Keefe
Recognized as one the great photographers of the 20th century, Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) was also a major collector, promoter, and vendor of Modernist art. Based in New York, he kept close tabs on all that passed in Paris. The retrospective exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O’Keefe demonstrates the breadth, insight, and influence of his eye. CANAPE takes of tour of extensive show.

4/ Green Ribbons and Turbans
Iranian-French writer Armin Arefi, who now lives in exile in Paris, writes about his native Persia in the new book Green Ribbons and Turbans. “Armin Arefi’s book is playful and funny,” says one review of the English edition, “it’s about an Iran you won’t expect … (you) experience a journey to a country where you have never seen in the mainstream media, a country which is striving for freedom.” CANAPE talks with the author.

5/ The Artist
In 2011 Jean Dujardin took home the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his role in a brand new, black & white silent film The Artist. In the era of digital effects and 3D, French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius has made a hilarious tribute the great transitional moment of film history from silent to sound. One stars declines; another ascends; the show goes on. CANAPE takes a glimpse at the retro-film that is delighting cinephiles around the world.

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