Paris the Luminous Years is a PBS TV documentary that presents an illuminating retrospective on one of the world's great cities, Paris, France. This documentary is notable for approaching the subject of Paris from a non-traditional angle, choosing to avoid re-hashing the popular and familiar discussions of the cities historic rebellions and notable landmarks. Instead, this series opts to explore the city as an active agent of world change and development, analyzing the many ways Paris and its storied residents have instigated change and pushed the world into new phases of modernity. In its effort to define the city, this documentary cites the lives and work of several of Paris' notable citizens and long-term guests, including Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes, and Janet Flanner. Paris the Luminous Years is a gripping and revealing account of the many ways this great city has contributed to century after century of human development.