Meg, a young ballet student, idolizes the school's top ballerina, the shallow Ariane Bouchet. Meg is distressed when she learns visiting prima ballerina Darina rather than Bouchet will play... See full summary »
At the Café Parisian during the can-can era, a young man, naïve but enthusiastic, arrives from Peru with two valises of money. He's immediately smitten by a lovely glove seller, who already receives attentions from a baron. The baron has additional admirers, including a florist whose beauty rivals that of the glover. Through dance, the lovers vie for each other's attention and affection while everyone can can-can. Written by
This came on the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD of The Maltese Falcon, as part of the Warner Night at the Movies extra. It's... a filmed version of an apparently famous ballet(the T is silent) by Leonide Massime. One girl has several suitors(no, not tailors... men wanting to wed her, courtship, that sort of thing), and they, well, dance. Maybe you've figured out by now that I'm not necessarily the person most fit to review this. I don't have experience with this form of expression, and the classical music, well, I only recognized one piece. Well, there's a lot of color and energy in this. It's entirely without spoken words other than the opening narration explaining the scenario(without which, we'd have no clue what on Earth is going on). Without having watched any others of these, I will say that the choreography and entertainment value could be better. It could be more nicely covered by the cameras, as well, like with similar productions from this period of time. This has a running time of about 19 and a half minutes. Since I don't know any other version of this story, I can't compare them or judge how great this is of one. I recommend this to fans of the art. 6/10
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