Episode #849

Schnabel, Strike, Helvetica

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Studio 360 Episode 849, Schnabel, Strike, Helvetica Anne Cosigny is Claude, Jean-Dominique's transcriber, shows Bauby (Mathieu Amalric) his finished work in THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY. (Etienne George/Courtesy of Miramax Films.)

Studio 360 takes to the streets. We get swept up in strike fervor at a WGA rally. Novelist Will Self exits LaGuardia Airport and tries to walk to Manhattan. Kurt Andersen and filmmaker Gary Hustwit go hunting for a 50-year-old typeface. And Julian Schnabel on his new movie, the Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It’s based on the memoir of a man who survived a stroke, but suffered in a condition called “locked-in syndrome”, only able to communicate by blinking his left eye.

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In 1995 when a massive stroke left French magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby totally paralyzed, the only way he could communicate was by blinking his left eye. And it was how he dictated his memoir. Painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel has turned Bauby’s book into a ...

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