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8 November 1996 (USA) See more »
Female (many of them lesbian) artists, writers, photographers, designers, and adventurers settled in Paris between the wars... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Juliet Stevenson ... Narrator (voice)
Maureen All ... (voice)
Gillian Hanna ... (voice)
Margaret Robertson ... (voice)
Shari Benstock ... Herself - Author (as Professor Shari Benstock)
Alice B. Toklas ... Herself (voice) (archive footage)
Gertrude Stein ... Herself (voice) (archive footage)
Janet Flanner ... Herself - Writer (also archive footage)
Samuel Steward ... Himself - Author and Tattoo Artist
Sylvia Beach ... Herself - Book Impressario (archive footage)
Adrienne Monnier ... Herself (voice) (archive footage)
Giselle Freund ... Herself - Photographer (as Dr. Gisele Freund)
John Bernard ... Himself - Académie française (as Professor Jean Bernard)
Berthe Cleyrerque ... Herself - Housekeeper to Natalie Barney
Catharine Stimpson ... Herself - Stein Scholar (as Professor Catharine Stimpson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Josephine Baker ... Herself - Performs in Musical (archive footage) (uncredited)
Colette ... Herself (with pets) (archive footage) (uncredited)
James Joyce ... Himself (in Paris) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Malcolm Muggeridge ... Himself - Interviews Sylvia Beach (archive footage) (uncredited)

Pablo Picasso ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Paul Valéry ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Thornton Wilder ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Greta Schiller 
Writing credits
Andrea Weiss (written by)

Produced by
Frances Berrigan .... executive producer
Frances Berrigan .... producer
Björn Koll .... co-producer: Germany
Jennifer Romine .... associate producer
Jennifer Romine .... co-producer
Greta Schiller .... producer
Melissa Cahill Tonelli .... associate producer
Andrea Weiss .... producer
Original Music by
Janette Mason 
Cinematography by
Nurith Aviv 
Greta Schiller 
Renato Tonelli 
Fawn Yacker 
Film Editing by
Greta Schiller 
Production Management
Dominique Green .... production manager
Caroline Levy .... production manager
Anna Mishcon .... production manager
Art Department
Miles McKane .... set designer
Zola Rubin .... set designer
Sound Department
Ronald Bailey .... sound
Curtis Choy .... sound
Tilo Hantke .... digital audio post-production
Rainer Jesky .... sound layering
Frank Langer .... sound layering
Alfred Livecchi .... sound (as Al Livecchi)
Thomas Malz .... digital audio post-production
Barbara Zahm .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Amy Bostwick .... assistant camera
Nick Hale .... rostrum
Robert Heath .... rostrum
Mary Latvis .... assistant camera
Nancy Morita .... assistant camera
Ken Morse .... rostrum
Editorial Department
Kallis Shamaris .... associate editor
Music Department
Janette Mason .... musician: piano
Other crew
Berenice Abbott .... archive source
Brian Berrigan .... production accountant
Roger Browning .... titles and graphics
Eileen Bruno .... production assistant
Katie Crowley .... production assistant
Royston Edwards .... titles and graphics
Florence Fradelizi .... production assistant
Robert Freedman .... legal (as Bob Freedman)
Giselle Freund .... archive source (as Gisèle Freund)
Marina Ganzerli .... production assistant
Diane Gelon .... legal
Karla Jay .... historical consultant
Harry Lines .... archive source
Diane Morrison .... legal
Matthew Percival .... production assistant
Jane Schiller .... production secretary
Bonnie G. Smith .... historical consultant
Jalene Szuba .... production assistant
Andrea Weiss .... researcher
Ross Wisdom .... production accountant
Yann Beauvals .... thanks
Rita Clare Britten .... thanks
Sophia Collier .... thanks
Rebecca Dobbs .... thanks
Joan Drury .... thanks
Mark Finch .... thanks
Dana Frank .... thanks
Vivian Kleiman .... thanks
Herbert Mitgang .... thanks: Authors League Fund
Cheryl Moch .... thanks
William Murray .... thanks: Janet Flanner literary estate executor
Joseph Salomon .... thanks: Carl Van Vechten estate executor
Valere Scott .... thanks
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg .... thanks

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Remembering the Paris of another time!, 14 June 2006
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This DVD made me long for Paris of another era and time. It was great to hear Janet Flanner's voice and see her in person. She was an amazing writer and human being. Of course, there was Gertrude Stein and her wife Alice B. Toklas in early home videos. The director and executive producer are also partners personally and professionally. This documentary only shows just a part of their lives in Paris, France during the era of expatriates. It was nice to see Sylvia Beach and hear Adrienne Monniere's voice as well as Stein and Toklas. Of course, Natalie Clifford Barney's housekeeper who was not gay recalls her husband killing partridges and giving them to Toklas. Of course, the map idea helped show the locations. Of course, it was not always as great as it appears to be. There were problems of course not mentioned, Janet lived with Solita Solano but had a lover in the country, Noel Haskings Murphy, and when she was in New York City during the War years took another lover, Natalia Danesi Murphy. After Gertrude's death, Alice was left destitute by the Steins. Before her death, she became a Catholic and was cared for by nuns who showed no judgment regarding her sexual orientation. One of the deleted scenes is worth watching believe me especially the fact that Ernest Hemingway lived with Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas in their Paris home and was Stein's gopher. I wish there was more of Janet Flanner. I do now believe that Solita was the love of her life and constant domestic partner until she could no longer care for either herself or Janet. Djuna Barnes pronounced Juna also ended as a recluse in New York's Greenwich Village. Somehow, the documentary only shows a positive part of the Parisian life and the complicated relationships between these women and others. Of course, Janet's true love was Paris itself. Sadly, she died in New York City. I am impressed that the documentary does not focus so much on their relationships but the strive to achieve in a new foreign land where they were allowed to grow and prosper as artists.

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