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 (Series Cast [3])
Jean-Claude Dauphin ... Narrator / ... (3 episodes, 1990-2014)
Jean Douchet ... Interviewer (2 episodes, 1993-1994)

Jacques Nolot ... Himself (2 episodes, 1995-2014)

Series Directed by
André S. Labarthe (11 episodes, 1990-2014)
Jean-Pierre Limosin (3 episodes, 1994-1999)
Guy Girard (2 episodes, 1989-2001)
Paulo Rocha (2 episodes, 1993-1995)
Estelle Fredet (2 episodes, 2012-2014)
Series Writing credits
Jean-Pierre Limosin (2 episodes, 1994-1999)

Series Produced by
André S. Labarthe .... producer / executive producer (22 episodes, 1989-2009)
Janine Bazin .... producer / executive producer (20 episodes, 1989-2003)
Xavier Carniaux .... producer / executive producer (7 episodes, 1995-2009)
Elisabeth Marliangeas .... producer / executive producer (4 episodes, 1994-1999)
Thierry Garrel .... producer / series producer: La SEPT (3 episodes, 1994-2000)
Liane Willemont .... producer / producer: INA (3 episodes, 1994-2000)
Claude Guisard .... producer / series producer: INA (2 episodes, 1994-2000)
Christine Perrier .... producer / producer: INA (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
Jean-Jacques Henry .... producer (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Original Music by
Marc Marder (1 episode, 1990)
Paulo Brandão (1 episode, 1993)
Georges Delerue (1 episode, 1994)
Vladimir Vega (1 episode, 1997)
Series Cinematography by
Maurice Perrimond (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
Series Film Editing by
Danielle Anezin (5 episodes, 1994-2013)
Thierry Demay (2 episodes, 1999)
Series Production Management
Elisabeth Marliangeas .... production manager (2 episodes, 1997)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent Denis .... assistant director (1 episode, 1995)
Yuzo Morita .... assistant director (1 episode, 1999)
Gaelle Vidalie .... assistant director (1 episode, 2003)
Series Sound Department
Francis Wargnier .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 1992-1997)
Jean Minondo .... sound (3 episodes, 1997-2003)
Xavier Vauthrin .... sound (2 episodes, 1994-1997)
Laurent Malan .... sound (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
Anne Louis .... sound mixer / supervising sound editor (2 episodes, 1995-2003)
Pascal Rousselle .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1999)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Beatrice Mizrahi .... assistant camera (1 episode, 1990)
Jonathan Burkhart .... assistant camera (1 episode, 1991)
Marc Seferchian .... assistant camera (1 episode, 1994)
Daniel Benkimoun .... lighting technician (1 episode, 1995)
Karim Dridi .... camera operator (1 episode, 1997)
Pauline Coste .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2003)
Raphaël Vandenbussche .... camera operator (1 episode, 2013)
Etienne Blanchard .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2014)
Series Editorial Department
Vincent Roget .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Music Department
Sonia Wieder-Atherton .... musician: cello (1 episode, 1997)
Eduard Artemev .... music: from films (1 episode, 2000)
Johann Sebastian Bach .... music: from film 'Le sacrifice' (1 episode, 2000)
Georges Delerue .... composer: theme music (1 episode, 2000)
Maria Yudina .... musician (1 episode, 2000)
Series Other crew
Nalini de Rozario .... production assistant (1 episode, 1990)
Bruno Roza .... machinist (1 episode, 1990)
Eva Truffaut .... production assistant (1 episode, 1990)
Filipe Rodrigues .... technical advisor (1 episode, 1995)
Series Thanks
Bruna de Beauregard .... special thanks (1 episode, 1990)
Madeleine Morgenstern .... special thanks (1 episode, 1990)
Stéphane Tchalgadjieff .... special thanks (1 episode, 1990)
Luis Correia .... special thanks (1 episode, 1995)
Joaquim Sapinho .... special thanks (1 episode, 1995)
Barry Ackroyd .... the director wishes to thank (1 episode, 1997)
Nicole Brenez .... special thanks (1 episode, 2003)
Jonas Mekas .... special thanks (1 episode, 2003)
Fred Savioz .... special thanks (1 episode, 2003)
Frédéric Savoir .... special thanks (1 episode, 2003)
Brad Stevens .... special thanks (1 episode, 2003)
Alex Vandoros .... special thanks (1 episode, 2003)

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The real King of New York, 11 November 2009
Author: Ali_Catterall from London, England

You've got to love the French, a people so in thrall to their beloved auteurs that they'll happily commission a documentary which almost exclusively consists of trailing leftfield director Abel Ferrara around the Manhattan streets at night and filming the mayhem. Fortunately, it's worth the ride.

Originally made for the French TV series 'Cinéma De Notre Temps' by a fellow outsider, the Iranian filmmaker Rafi Pitts, this isn't any kind of proper biog of the man and his controversial canon. Rather it is a grimy depiction of a larger-than-life talent going about his business - and everybody else's - bewildering strangers with an ingratiating charm.

It's a perfect approach for the subject matter. As Pitts later explained, "I knew that an interview situation wasn't going to give us any new information about Abel. The best way to portray him was to show him how he is." How much of this persona is a put-on, or whether he's genuinely unhinged, is unclear. But he's quite a vision - a hunched, cackling scarecrow in a pink NY Yankees baseball cap "for the gay ball players".

Elsewhere we find him shooting a music video, banging a piano, and rehearsing with actors - during which he appears at his most lucid, even tender. More delicious is the fact that, given his determined isolationism, the majority of people don't actually know who he is. At one point he'll tell a group of bemused bystanders (presumably wondering why a film crew is hanging on a madman's every delirious whim) that he's the subject of a series called 'Last Day On Earth' - "they film dying people".

Woe betide those who attract his ire. He berates a fellow driver at the traffic lights from his cab window, "It's my world - and you ain't part of it!" The connection between the man and his characters - wild, sad, or utterly alone - is made explicit; Ferrara, a Bronx native, is keeping it real. On nights like these - at least in his head - he really is the King of New York.

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