Paris Was a Woman

Overview

The Left Bank of Paris is a notorious bohemian hot-spot where some of the world's greatest artists and intellectuals found a haven in which to freely express themselves. Though traditional chronicles have focused on the illustrious men who lived there, this British documentary looks at some of the women who lived there including Gertrude Stein and her lover Alice B. Toklas, publishers Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier, painter Romaine Brooks, and Natalie Barney. Many of their stories are told with archival film ...
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Overview

The Left Bank of Paris is a notorious bohemian hot-spot where some of the world's greatest artists and intellectuals found a haven in which to freely express themselves. Though traditional chronicles have focused on the illustrious men who lived there, this British documentary looks at some of the women who lived there including Gertrude Stein and her lover Alice B. Toklas, publishers Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier, painter Romaine Brooks, and Natalie Barney. Many of their stories are told with archival film clips coupled with modern interviews.
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Special Features

Rare home movies of gertrude stein, alice b. toklas, colette, pablo picasso, art dealer daniel-henry kahnweiler, thornton wilder and poet paul valery; Additional photo gallery of the period; Biographies of the filmmakers and selected film subjects
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
In the time between World War I and World War II, women expatriates flocked to the Left Bank of Paris. Like Hemingway and Joyce, they were looking for artistic and sexual freedom, and formed a thriving literary community in bookshops and salons. Director Greta Schiller uses rare still photographs, film footage, interviews, and voice recordings to re-create the community of women in 1920s Paris. A centerpiece of the film, and of the community, is the story of longtime lovers Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Many of the other featured artists and writers met in their salon. Adrienne Monnier and Sylvia Beach were pivotal contributors to the area with their neighborhood bookshops and lending libraries. Beach and photographer Gisele Freund are of the few surviving community members shown in interviews. New Yorker writer Janet Flanner and novelist Djuna Barnes are also featured. Blending archival elements with modern scholarly commentary, Schiller presents a well-rounded discussion of the remarkable time period.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2003
  • UPC: 795975104333
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Zeitgeist Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Black & White
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:15:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 40,988

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shari Benstock
Gisele Freund
Juliet Stevenson Voice Only
Catherine Stimpson
Berthe Interviewee
Sam Steward Interviewee
Technical Credits
Greta Schiller Director, Editor, Producer
Nurith Aviv Cinematographer
Ronald Bailey Sound/Sound Designer
Frances Berrigan Producer
Bjorn Koll Co-producer
Janette Mason Score Composer
Andrea Weiss Producer, Screenwriter
Fawn Yacker Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Freedom on the Left Bank [8:28]
2. The Two Bookstores [8:16]
3. GenĂȘt, Letter from Paris [10:50]
4. Barney's Salon [6:37]
5. Love & Anonymity [7:34]
6. The Female Muse [7:17]
7. The Portraits [6:21]
8. Beach, Joyce, & Ulysses [9:45]
9. False Identity [5:47]
10. War Exiles [4:00]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Chapter Selections
   Special Features
      Home Movies
         Gertrude and Alice
         Gertrude and Thornton Wilder
         Picasso and Kahnweiler
         Paul Valery, the Poet
         Colette Et Al
      Deleted Scenes
         Gopher Hemingway
         Stein vs. Joyce
      The Filmmakers
      City of Lights Scrapbook
      Also from Zeitgeist Video
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