Paris The Luminous Years: Towards The Making Of The Modern 

Paris The Luminous Years is the first television program to look at the city from a new and fresh perspective — the importance of a particular place in artistic creation. The film tells the story of Paris as magnet; the catalyst and the transforming force that attracted the finest talents of the era, molding the lives and work of two remarkable generations.

Through intriguing back stories of crucial relationships and of major turning points in the trajectory of the modern arts,Paris The Luminous Years reveals why breakthroughs like Picasso’s radical “Les Desmoiselles D’Avignon” that initiated Cubism and Stravinsky’s violent “The Rite of Spring” that pioneered modern music, could only happen in the international, fervent atmosphere of early twentieth century Paris.


A production of THIRTEEN for WNET.ORG, The Eloquent Image LLC, INA, and ARTE France in association with YLE Teema, Paris The Luminous Years is written, directed and produced by Perry Miller Adato. Margaret Smilow is executive producer; Junko Tsunashima and Kristin Lovejoy are producers; Kris Liem is editor.