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Paris: Bohemian Rhapsody

Airs Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Credit: WTCA

Above: A small street in the Latin Quarter with bistros and restaurants, Paris, 2003.

Art historian Sandrine Voillet reveals the tempestuous history, immortal beauty and bohemian soul of the city she adores in the BBC/OU series "Paris."

In the third episode of this three-part series, Sandrine takes a look beyond the glittering surface of Paris at the underground worlds and movements that defined the city in the 20th Century. She meets the can-can girls at the Moulin Rouge and drinks absinthe at Pablo Picasso’s favorite haunt. She also meets up with Olivier Picasso who tries to explain just what his grandfather’s wives made of the way he painted them. P

Post-Liberation Paris saw a revival of the Quartier Latin – the medieval heart of the university – and Sandrine discusses Existentialism with students, makes a nouvelle vague film, talks pop music with Jane Birkin, and visits the setting of the May ‘68 Revolution.

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