This edition: March 2012Tweet
Original tape date: March 21, 2012.
First aired: March 15, 2012.
Rendezvous with French Cinema 2012
Savvy New Yorkers know the signs of early spring: frisbees in the air in the parks, crowded bicycle lanes, and flocks of movie goers heading to the Film Society of Lincoln Center for Rendezvous with French Cinema. The annual event offers cinephiles the opportunity to see the crème de la crème of French production of the last year. Festival favorites mingle with breakthrough films and popular hits of the highest caliber and box office. French actors, directors, writers, and producers are on hand to give their view of the works. CANAPE surveys the survey.
- Screen legend Carole Bouquet talks about her role in Andre Techine’s romantic thriller Unforgivable set in Venice.
- Actor Tahar Rahim tells CANAPE about Free Men, which dramatizes the role of Algerians in the French Resistance during Word War II.
- Director Mathieu Demy explains the threads of France, California, and Mexico in his film Americano.
- Director Benoit Jacquot describes his film of the French Revolution Farewell to the Queen.
"Paris versus New York" by Vahram Muratyan
Comparisons of New York and Paris are so common as to be a cliché. But like all clichés there is something essential at stake. But how to get to the truth? That’s what’s at stake in the new book of graphic design by Vahram Muratyan Paris versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities. In the artist’s words, it’s “a friendly visual match between two cities told by a lover of Paris wandering through New York. Details, clichés, contradictions: This way, please.” CANAPE catches up with the creator on the ground in Paris and New York.
Whitney Biennial 2
012: Gisèle Vienne
There is no better place to take the pulse of art in the USA that the 2012 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Arts. Everything innovative is game: sculpture, painting, photography, and installations. In this year’s version one of the most “American” pieces is created with the hand of French avant garde theater director Gisele Vienne. With a text by American writer Dennis Cooper, Last Spring: A Prequel “stages a teenager, performed by an animated ventroloquist doll who is engaged in a schizophrenic dialogue with a glove puppet.” The artist talks with CANAPE about her installation.
The Tender Hour of Twilight" by Richard Seaver, interview of Jeannette Seaver
Written with the grace and detail that he admired in the writers that he published, Richard Seaver’s posthumous book The Tender Hour of Twilight stands by Woody Allen’s lovely Midnight in Paris as an evocation of Americans fascinat
ed by France. There is one important difference. Allen’s movie is fantasy. Seaver’s volume is a memoir. A translator, editor and advocate of Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, Jean Genet, and others from the avant-garde, Seaver helped steer the influential Evergreen Review and Grove Press. CANAPE discusses his importance with his partner, editor, and widow Jeannette.