Greta Schiller’s 1995 documentary Paris was a Woman , explores the vital role that women played in the artistic and intellectual life in inter-war Paris. The film includes archival footage and interviews with many of the leading figures, including none other than Sylvia Beach, founder of the legendary bookstore Shakespeare and Company. (We of course have Beach on our minds with the forthcoming publication of The Letters of Sylvia Beach, edited by Keri Walsh.)
This clip from Paris was a Woman includes part of an interview with Beach and includes discussions of her relationship with Adrienne Monnier, her friendship with Gertrude Stein, and 1920s Paris. Enjoy!