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Sarah Bernhardt and Danielle Casanova head for the silver screen

By Imogen Lamb

The lives of the eccentric French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt and the prominent pre-war Communist who died in Auschwitz Danielle Casanova are the subject of two film scripts being written by Americans. Cynthia Riddle and Danielle Wolff both came to France recently to finalise their scripts, invited by the Franco-American Cultural Fund and the Ile-de-France Film Commission. Cynthia Riddle has been fascinated by Sarah Bernhardt for many years, while Danielle Wolff discovered Danielle Casanova after walking down a Paris street named after her.

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