Paris was the capital of the art world where the modernism was born, bred, and thrived. This documentary explores the expatriates from America like Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Beach, Janet "Genet" Flanner, Djuna Barnes, and others who called Paris home during 1905 and 1930. Paris was simply the artist's destination whether you were a painter, writer, dancer, or musician. Paris was the place to be. Paris was affordable for it's artists' community. They spent their days at the French discussing and arguing about art and politics passionately. There was no other place to be for an artist except in Paris where convention was tossed aside. Paris in the Luminous Years according to this documentary studies the society of Paris in those years. It must have been a glorious time to be in Paris and for women, they were equals to their male counterparts. They defied conventional standards of marriage and children in favor of seeking independence. I do have one complaint and that is the absence of Natalie Clifford Barney also known as the Amazon. She had salons to rival Gertrude Stein as well. The documentary is narrated by Conchetta Tomei. It features archival footage of Paris past and present.
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