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Bohemian Rhapsody

Episode 3 of 3

Documentary series about Parisian history. Sandrine Voillet tells how the city embraced technology, counter-culture and immigration.

Art historian Sandrine Voillet tells the story of Paris in the 20th century. How it embraced technology (the Lumiere brothers, Louis Renault and the Metro), counter-culture (Picasso, Josephine Baker and Serge Gainsbourg) and immigration to preserve its reputation as a lighthouse city for the world.

But it was not plain sailing. Resistance to modernisation, the Nazi occupation of France and rioting in the banlieues tell a darker story and reveal problems that remain unresolved. Along the way, Sandrine meets Picasso’s grandson and Jane Birkin.

58 minutes

Last on

Sat 23 Jan 2021 22:45

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  • 00:10

    Cy Coleman

    Parisienne Woman


Role Contributor
Presenter Sandrine Voillet
Producer Mark Harrison


  • Tue 10 Jul 2007 21:00
  • Thu 2 Aug 2007 02:35
  • Sat 23 Jan 2021 22:45