The Patagonian Hare
Claude Lanzmann fought in the Resistance, opposed the war in Algeria, was Simone de Beauvoir’s lover and Jean-Paul Sartre's friend. He played a very important role in French intellectual life and is above all known for his magisterial nine-and-a-half hour film Shoah. He tells all this and much more in his extraordinary autobiography which was launched at Jewish Book Week 2012 and explained why he called it The Patagonian Hare. Few people have managed to refuse compromises like him and he is as driven today as ever: a thrilling interview of an exceptional man on his life, his work and his passions.
Claude Lanzmann is a French filmmaker, professor and editor of the journal founded by Sartre and de Beauvoir – Les Temps Modernes. He joined the French Resistance at the age of 18 and his most renowned work is his ‘cinematic history of the Holocaust’: the 9½-hour film Shoah.
Alan Yentob’s career has centred on the BBC from his first job at the World Service. He was producer/director with Omnibus; editor of Arena; and became Head of Music and Arts in 1985. He was appointed Controller – first of BBC 2 in 1989 – then BBC 1 in 1993. Since 2004 he has been Creative Director of the BBC and hosts Imagine.
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