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This edition: March 2014 (In French with English subtitles)





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Episode Details

Original tape date: March 26, 2014.

First aired: March 27, 2014.

Rendez Vous with French Cinema
A sure sign of spring in New York is the arrival of Rendezvous with French Cinema at theFilm Society of Lincoln Center. An annual showcase of the strengths of the Gallic industry, it offers films of quality from serious art house to comic fun house. This year, for example, The Marchers directed by Nabil Ben Yadir recreates a decisive event in the racial politics of French. The French Minister directed by veteran Bertrand Tavernier and nominated for three Cesar Awards offers an energetic, inside view of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. And Tip Top directed by Serge Bozon takes a comic screwball approach to a police procedural. CANAPE has its own rendezvous with the three directors.


The Little Prince at the Morgan Library
Since its publication seventy years ago, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince has captivated millions of readers throughout the world. It may come as a surprise that this French tale of an interstellar traveler who comes to Earth in search of friendship and understanding was written and first published in New York City, during the two years the author spent here at the height of the Second World War. Curator Christine Nelson talks about the exhibition The Little Prince: A New York Story on view at the Morgan Library.


Civil Society and cultural development
Social theorists have long argued that democracy grows where civil society thrives. What does that mean in Tunisia today as it lives under a new constitution and after a revolution? What can foreign aid do to help or hinder the transition to an open society capable of moving forward by its own will. In its ongoing coverage of Tunisia CANAPE speaks with a specialist trained in France about cultural development in the provincial capital of Kasserine.

Valentin Stip
What makes sound into music? That’s the question at the heart of the work of Paris born and New York reared composer and pianist Valentine Stip. Several years ago he sat listening to the sounds of a French harbor. Rather than noise, he heard music in the textures and interplay of the forms. His first LP Sigh reflects how his classical training as a pianist can be married to alternative soundscapes to create hypnotic music. CANAPE visits with the young artist.

Guest List

Nabil Ben Yadir Filmmaker

Serge Bozon Filmmaker

Wissem Missaoui Expert on Cultural Development

Christine Nelson Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, The Morgan Library & Museum

Valentin Stip Musician

Bertrand Tavernier Film Director