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Credited cast:
Herself - Dancer (archive footage)
Sylvia Beach ...
Herself - Publisher (archive footage)
Voice of Aaron Copland (voice)
Aaron Copland ...
Himself - Composer (archive footage)
Marcel Duchamp ...
Himself (archive footage)
Noël Riley Fitch ...
Herself - Author
Janet Flanner ...
Herself - Journalist and Author (archive footage)
Jane Fulcher ...
Herself - Professor of Musicology
Lynn Garafola ...
Herself - Professor, Dance Historian
J. Gerald Kennedy ...
Himself - Professor
Joan Miró ...
Himself (archive footage)
Marie Rambert ...
Herself - Dancer (archive footage)
Tyler Stovall ...
Himself - Professor
Igor Stravinsky ...
Himself (archive footage)


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Release Date:

14 December 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pariisi, taiteen mekka  »

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Technical Specs


(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

| (archive footage)


(also archive footage)| (archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Paris of Yesterday!
22 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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