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This edition: July 2012

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Original tape date: July 12, 2012.

First aired: July 12, 2012.

(In French)

Once upon a time kid found a camera on the Paris Metro and started taking pictures. Today that kid is known internationally as the artist JR, winner of the 2011 TED Prize. Deemed by some to be “the Cartier-Bresson of the 21st century,” he flyposts large black & white photographic images in public locations turning them into liberated art galleries of the street. CANAPE investigates his latest endeavor, the Inside Out Project.

Christer Stromholm: Les Amies de Place Blanche
Every city has its dark corners. In the 1950s Swedish photographer Christer Stromholm found the Parisian enclave where cross dressers plied the oldest trade in the world. Over decade he chronicled the life of the community. The result was a classic book length photographic essay published in 1983. Now 140 images from the collection are on display at the International Center of Photography. CANAPE looks at how the photos shine light on the humanity of the subjects.

Films on the Green
There are many signs of summer in New York: passionate debates about baseball, multiplying food stands, and the beats of world music in the streets. Another seasonal pleasure is Films on the Green, celebrating its 5th year as a joint project of the French Cultural Services and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Manhattan Borough Commissioner William T. Castro talks to CANAPE about the joys of seeing movies taken from American & French literature under the stars of the summer sky.

Vuillard at the Jewish Museum
As the New York Times declares, Edouard Vuillard created “some of the most beguiling paintings of fin-de-siecle Paris.” That praise has also been a limitation, blocking a longer, larger view of the artist. The current exhibit at the Jewish Museum Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940 changes of the optic on the artist’s career. His decorative murals and later portraits share space with his justly famous earlier works. CANAPE makes a visit to the museum for a tour of the art and the artist’s life.

Farewell, My Queen
The view of upstairs from downstairs has always had a special appeal. When the upstairs happens to be the court of Versailles in the days before the revolution the view gets even more interesting, not to mention more beautiful and opulent. The latest film from the much awarded director Benoit Jacquot Farewell, My Queen follows the experiences of a young woman employed as a reader to Marie Antoinette. Needless to say, court intrigue follows. The filmmaker talks to CANAPE about the challenges of an historical film.

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