LARB Radio Hour: Robin Campillo’s “BPM” Captures the Vitality and Tragedy of ACT UP Paris in the ’90s; Plus Canine Lit

Also, Nathan Englander returns to recommend two books, both of which have special appeal to dog lovers: Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon by Bronwen Dickey; and Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes. A reflection of the intensity of living constantly on the precipice of death, the show doubles as a masterclass on the rigors of creating truly excellent historical cinema. LARB Radio Hour: Robin Campillo’s “BPM” Captures the Vitality and Tragedy of ACT UP Paris in the ’90s; Plus Canine Lit
By LARB AV –  November 17, 2017

Co-hosts Eric Newman and Medaya Ocher are joined by filmmaker Robin Campillo, and actors Nahuel Perez Biscayart and Arnaud Valois — the director and the stars, respectively, of   BPM (Beats Per Minute), which won the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival — to discuss how they captured the spirit of the Parisian chapter of one of the most dynamic and transformative social movements in recent history, ACT UP, as well as the beautiful, tragic romance at the heart of the story.