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Oct 9, 2003
Oct 23, 2003
Segal Theater

Paris Was My Liberation

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents the world premiere screening of a unique three-part historical documentary. Paris Was My Liberation is the first film series to explore the World War II experiences of Parisian Music Hall performers, who used their positions to support the armed Resistance against the German Occupation and to rescue Jews and other victims from Nazi persecution. Produced by Dramatic Risks, Inc. and directed by Mark Waren, the documentary weaves original testimonies with never-before-seen archival footage. The film screenings will be accompanied by scholarly commentary, question and answer sessions, and a panel discussion with the film’s creative team, which includes Oscar-winning director of photography Kevin Keating.

Cosponsored by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; Dramatic Risks, Inc.; The Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies; and by The Ph.D. Program in Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

3415 – 3 Thursdays, October 9th, 16th & 23 rd 7:30pm $25 series

paris1tabarinRomance & Resistance
Set in the Bal Tabarin Music Hall, Romance & Resistance documents the tempestuous romance between Hungarian-born Gisy Varga, the most famous nude dancer of her generation, and Gilbert Doukan, a Jewish doctor whom she hid from the Nazis and who ultimately became a decorated hero of the Resistance.

3575 – Thursday, October 9th 7:30pm $10

paris2Can-canThe Count of Montmartre

The Count of Montmartre is the story of Mario Lembo, a gay Italian aristocrat-turned-performer and member of Josephine Baker’s company, whose selfless efforts in supporting the Resistance and aiding Jews sought by the Nazis remained unknown and unrecognized during his lifetime.
3576 – Thursday, October 16th 7:30pm $10

paris3bikeDancing Lessons
Dancing Lessons revisits the Bal Tabarin Music Hall where South African-born Jewish dancer Sadie Rigal leads a dangerous double life performing for German Officers by night and working for the Resistance by day. The film includes animated photographs shot by her dance partner Frederick Apcar and images of a French prisoner-of-war camp in Germany, along with Sadie’s personal account of her experience at the Caserne Vauban internment camp in Bezançon, France.

3577 – Thursday, October 23 rd 7:30pm $10

For more information or to register contact Continuing Education & Public Programs, The Graduate Center, CUNY at 212 817-8215 or continuinged@gc.cuny.edu or check http://web.gc.cuny.edu/cepp