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Zaha Hadid, French Cinema Music, Cynicism

Presented by Rana Mitter. With architect Zaha Hadid on her new Serpentine Gallery structure, discussing French film music and a debate on cynicism and why it may be good for us.

With Rana Mitter who meets Zaha Hadid as her new building opens in London. The influential architect has created a new wing for the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park by transforming a 19th century gunpowder magazine into 21st century curves and squiggles. She reflects on how the design seeks to fuse her need for innovation with respect for the historic site.

Rana Mitter continues the Sound of Cinema Season by talking to critics Ian Christie and Muriel Zagha about french cinema. From Rene Clair's 1930 film Sous les toits de Paris to Jean Luc Godard's Prénom Carmen, how important has music been in creating France's distinctive cinema reputation?

Finally cultural debate with philosopher Julian Baggini and classicist Richard Seaford on whether the prevalence of cynicism towards the public sphere may turn out to be a positive rather than a negative. Rana Mitter hears how the original cynic's emphasis on nature over culture may encourage us to alter our expectations and move society in a fundamentally different and healthier direction.

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45 minutes


  • Zaha Hadid

    Architect Zaha Hadid reflects on her designs for the Serpentine's new Sackler Gallery

    Duration: 12:50

  • French Cinema Music

    Critics Ian Christie and Muriel Zagha discuss the sounds and music of French Cinema

    Duration: 18:26

  • Cynicism

    Julian Baggini and Richard Seaford consider the pros and cons of cynicism

    Duration: 13:41

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Serpentine Sackler Gallery
The Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid, opens to the public on 28th September

Image: Rana Mitter outside The Serpentine Sackler Gallery


Role Contributor
Presenter Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest Zaha Hadid
Interviewed Guest Ian Christie
Interviewed Guest Muriel Zagha
Interviewed Guest Julian Baggini
Interviewed Guest Richard Seaford
Producer Jacqueline Smith


  • Wed 25 Sep 2013 22:00

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