Just finished watching the 2010 PBS Documentary and so glad I TIVO’d it. What a glorious, wonderful doc it was.
Unfortunately, the NY Times panned the special as in:
“This film, which has its premiere on PBS on Wednesday, looks at the city that seduced the likes of Picasso, Chagall, Apollinaire, Diaghilev and of course, Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. It pays homage, though, not in the seditious, inventive spirit of the avant-garde that Paris once nurtured, but in the time-tested, didactic and dutiful tone of a typical PBS documentary.
Paris is still a wonderful city, but it no longer draws the world’s most innovative artists and thinkers. PBS is still a serious, responsible institution that shows good work, but creativity and élan have migrated to other networks and cable channels.”
I’ll leave it for you to decide, but know that while sorting my receipts from 2010, it made for great time-passing and entralling watching.