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This edition: February 2012

Episode Details

Original tape date: February 15, 2012.

First aired: February 16, 2012.

"Crazy Horse" by Frederick Wiseman
If you want to know how an institution works, you can by a textbook. But if you really want to know how an institution works, you watch a film by Frederick Wiseman. After showing American hospitals, schools, offices, courts and more, the documentarian has recently taken looks at French opera and drama companies. To complete his French trilogy, he now points the camera at the world’s classiest cabaret show the Crazy Horse Saloon in Paris. CANAPE talks with the filmmaker about his inside view of the business of eroticism.

"Bad Reputation" : George Brassens by Pierre de Gaillande
Music, famously, keeps a sense of national identity while living in another country. Home is a music album away. Growing up in California, Pierre de Gaillande found a path back to France in the music of poet, singer, composer George Brassens, whose wor
ks never traveled with ease beyond Gallic shores. That may change with the release of Bad Reputation, de Gaillande’s recording translating Brassens’ songs into English. CANAPE visits the singer and translator for a private concert in his Dumbo studio.

"The Kid with a Bike" by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
The Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are two of world cinema’s greatest advocates of realism as drama. Their restless camera finds spectacle in daily life, not in special effects. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, "The Kid with a Bike" follows an abandoned boy searching for his father. His journey offers a humanistic view of how hard it is to help others. The Dardennes brothers talk with CANAPE about their film and perspective on filmmaking.

Ingres at the Morgan Library
One of the greatest draftsman and portraitists in French history, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, who lived from 1780 until 1
867, is known as the finest exponent of Neo-Classicism. But he was much more, as a recent exhibit at the Morgan Library reveals in seventeen exceptional drawings and three letters. They span the artist's career—from his days as a young student in Toulouse, to his tenure as a pensionnaire at the French Academy in Rome, to the 1850s when he ran one of the preeminent studios in Paris. CANAPE takes a tour to understand the man and his art.

"The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye" by Marie Losier
Do lovers begin to look like each other? It’s a playful question that usually points to interior affinities. But what if the question is taken literally? That’s the project of artists Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Lady Jaye. This stunning transformation is chronicled in the documentary The Ballad of Geneis and Lady Jaye by French director Marie Losier. CANAPE talks with her about the film’s unique view of human intimacy and love.

Guest List

Esther Bell Curator, Morgan Library

Jean-Pierre Dardenne Film Director

Luc Dardenne Film Director

Maria de Barros Singer

Pierre De Gaillande Musician/Singer

Marie Losier Film Director

Frederick Wiseman Film Director