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'Left Bank' Explores Ideas, Art and Passion in the City of Light

The artists and writers of Paris' Left Bank brought scandal and controversy in their time. In so doing they shaped the artistic and intellectual milieu of the modern world.

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Roger Michell's Homage to Godard Leaves Its Characters Literally Breathless

Roger Michell and Hanif Kureishi reunite in Le Week-End, a surprisingly uncompromising portrait of a long, restless marriage.

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Modernity, Rising: 'Lifted: A Cultural History of the Elevator'

Lifted is an absorbing exploration into how the introduction of elevators into buildings transformed cities and the experience of living and working in them.

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A Little Ominous Noir Music Makes Jules Dassin's 'Rifif' Nearly Perfect

This benchmark of the heist genre shows that for the criminal, elegance and brutality go hand-in-hand, never more vividly depicted than in this tightly structured ode to Paris.

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Paris Tonight: Anna Domino's "Paris" (1990)

A moody, passionate ode to the city of lights, "Paris" remains one of Anna Domino's many overlooked gems.

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The Passionate Objectivity of 'Le joli mai'

The rare documentary that captures its subjects honestly while revealing the filmmakers' intentions with candor and humor, Le joli mai continues to charm and enlighten a half-century on.

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'To the Wonder': New World Redux

Because Terrence Malick's To the Wonder eschews chronology and, for the most part, dialogue, you can't know when such sublime or difficult moments occur, or how they have effects, exactly.

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Andre and Gildas: Kitsune Parisien II

This compilation fails to arouse interest.

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'A Moveable Feast' in 'Midnight in Paris'

Ernest Hemingway compared Paris to a moveable feast because no matter what time it is, Paris is always the magnificent city of lights. Woody Allen expands upon Hemingway's testimony in the magical Midnight in Paris.

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Let the Golden Age Begin: Woody Allen's Parisian Affair

Allen's Midnight in Paris redefines the traditional summer film, and redefines the auteur yet again...but don't call it a comeback!

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Across Iberia by Slow Train

While prowling the globe for artist-friendly cities, your correspondent finds himself the only vegan at a Madrid bullfight, hunting for Stolchlickoff vodka in the streets of Barcelona, and getting fleeced in Paris.

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The Berg Sans Nipple: Build With Erosion

This continent-divided duo returns with a clever, considered, and, above all, enjoyable record.

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Crime, Delirium, and Paris

In the second installment of his overseas correspondence, the Rockist gets robbed. And this time, not by an American corporation.

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Nick Warren: Paris

To stay a superstar, though, a DJ's got to be on top of the game; to remain relevant, the music has to respond to ever-changing contemporary cultural needs.

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Various Artists: Paris

It's music to make you feel good, or, at least, 'good' in the modest sense of leaving you sleepy and smiling and disinclined to do wrong.


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