The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution.
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
The movie moguls that ran the studios back in the day liked to make some pretense to culture. For that reason we are lucky in that so many classical artists got to show their stuff on film and are preserved for generations to see.
This is no less true of the ballet than for singing artists as well. For those who love the ballet, The Gay Parisian is filmed version of Leonide Massime's choreographed ballet in which he dances the title role of the Peruvian which he created. The story of the ballet is an eternal love triangle between the Peruvian visiting Paris who falls in love with the glove seller Mlada Madova who has the Baron, Frederic Franklin, who sees her as his personal property.
With the Ballet Russe company performing Massime did a marvelous not only in choreographing, but in selecting the proper music to reflect the Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec. The apache is performed and of course towards the end Offenbach's can-can is performed and worked nicely into the choreography.
The Gay Parisian got an Oscar nomination for Best Short Subject in 1941 and it holds up well today. For lovers of the ballet this is a must.
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