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'12 Years A Slave': A turning point for US cinema?

The Oscar-nominated director of "12 Years a Slave" Steve McQueen says he doesn’t understand why Solomon Northup’s tale had never been told before. Now the world is getting to know it via his critically-lauded film. On this all-movie edition of Encore!, France 24’s film critic Lisa Nesselson and Catherine Nicholson discuss why the film is being seen as a turning point for American cinema's depiction of slavery – and whether comparisons to Quentin Tarantino’s "Django Unchained" are really fair.

Also on the show: Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki signs off his career with "The Wind Rises". We’re asking whether the plot - involving the inventor of a warplane that in real life proved deadly during World War Two - is really as controversial as some reviewers think. 

Here in France, we bring you news of the "Lumières” awards, which were handed out this week. We’re also asking just why James B. Harris’s “Some Call It Loving”, a 1973 film that replays “Sleeping Beauty” for the modern day, is getting a re-release in French cinemas.

By Catherine NICHOLSON

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2016-04-29 culture

Legendary German theatre director Peter Stein tackles Samuel Beckett classic en français

Internationally-acclaimed theatre and opera director Peter Stein talks to Richelle Harrison Plesse about his latest work, a French production of Samuel Beckett's one-man, one-act...

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2016-04-28 culture

Barbie: What a doll!

At nearly 60, has Barbie become high art? Eve Jackson takes us to her first ever exhibition at a Paris museum. Also on the programme, Alberto Giacometti in Africa and the history...

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2016-04-27 culture

Film show: 'Captain America', 'Trumbo' and Rocky Horror

From Captain America on the red carpet in Paris to France's love of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" 40 years on, critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the week’s film...

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2016-04-26 culture

Director Gus Van Sant looks back at his best films

From an Oscar nomination for "Good Will Hunting" to the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival with "Elephant", he's a director who's divided critics from the start. Culture...

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2016-04-25 culture

Music show: Beyoncé, Papa Wemba and Billy Paul

All hail Queen Bey: Beyoncé has made "Lemonade" from marital strife. The singer’s new record sees her getting mad and calling out the cheaters of the world in a visual concept...

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