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Artist's Choice Screening: Paris Was A Woman

A portrait of the creative community of women writers, artists, photographers and editors who flocked to the Left Bank of Paris in the early decades of the 20th century, when Paris was the undisputed cultural capital of the world. They embraced France, some developed an ex-pat culture, and most cherished a way of life quite different than the one left behind. From Gertrude Stein with her writing experiments and literary salon, to Sylvia Beach running Shakespeare & Company, and Natalie Barney’s decadent parties, women flocked to the city because Paris was “the only city in the world where one can live exactly as one pleases.”

Using archival footage, music, paintings, literature, and interviews with people who were there, Greta Schiller’s 1996 film explores the lives of some of the key Left Bank women, including Stein, Beach, Berenice Abbott, Gisele Freund, Djuna Barnes, Natalie Barney, Adrienne Monnier,  Alice B. Toklas, Colette, Janet Flanner and others.