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Show of the week: Paris: The Luminous Years

An international avant-garde flocked to Paris from 1905 to 1930 and revolutionized virtually every creative discipline.

For an “incandescent moment”—from 1905 to 1930—Paris was a “laboratory of experiment and innovation” in the arts, according to this engrossing documentary. Taped interviews and memoir passages from such trailblazers as Joan Miró, Aaron Copland, and Marcel Duchamp illuminate why an international avant-garde flocked to the city. Their cohort, which also included Picasso, Stravinsky, and James Joyce, revolutionized virtually every creative discipline, giving birth to cubism, polytonality, and the modernist novel. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings

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