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2 December 1941 (USA) See more »
In a Paris nightclub setting, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo performs to the music of Jacques Offenbach. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo ... Dancers
Léonide Massine ... The Peruvian (as Leonide Massine)
Milada Mladova ... The Glove Seller
Frederic Franklin ... The Baron
Nathalie Krassovska ... The Flower Girl
Andre Eglevsky ... Tortoni - The Dancing Master

Igor Youskevitch ... Officer
Lubov Roudenko ... Can-Can Dancer
Casimir Kokitch ... Dancer
James Starbuck ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cyd Charisse ... Dancer (uncredited)
Marc Platt ... Dancer (uncredited)

George Zoritch ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Negulesco 
Produced by
Gordon Hollingshead .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller  (as Ernie Haller)
Film Editing by
Everett Dodd 
Art Direction by
Charles Novi 
Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound
Music Department
Efrem Kurtz .... musical director
Other crew
Sol Hurok .... by arrangement with (as S. Hurok)
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Léonide Massine .... choreographer (as Leonide Massine)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Technicolor Specials (1941-1942 season) #3: The Gay Parisian" - USA (series title)
"Technicolor Specials (1954-1955 season) #1: The Gay Parisian" - USA (series title)
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20 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
USA:Approved | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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In 1931, Colonel Wassily de Basil (a Russian entrepreneur from Paris) and Rene Blum (ballet director of the Monte Carlo Opera) founded the "Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo" giving its first performance in Monte Carlo, in 1932. Diaghlieve alumni Leonide Massine and George Balanchine worked as choreographers with the company, and Tamara Tormanova was principal dancer. Artistic differences led to a split between Blum and de Basil. Rene Blum retained the name "Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo" and de Basil created a new company. In 1938, de Basil called his new ballet company "The Convent Garden Russian Ballet". Then renamed it "The Original Ballet Russe" in 1939. The "Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo" appeared in Berlin (for a week of repertoire) a week after the closing1936 Berlin Olympics, returning to London afterwards. "Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo" toured extensively in the United States, Australia and South America. Returning and ending the 1939-40 tour in New York City, the ballet company was virtually stranded preferring to remain on neutral ground, not to return to London which was under the "Blitz". Warner Brothers studio chief Jack L. Warner contracted Rene Blum and Leonide Massine to film two ballets, releasing the two segments as (20 minute) shorts. The ballet company transferred to Hollywood, filming the two repertoire ballet segments at the Burbank studios. Studio sets were built, and all new costumes were constructed in the Warner Brothers Costume-Wardrobe Department. Madam Barbara Karinska had toured with the company as the ballet company's wardrobe mistress. She remained in New York, not a part of the movie project. Although Tamara Tormanova had been featured in the company's repertoire in "the glove role", she did not perform the role in this "Gay Parisien" film short. Tormanova performed in the Warner's second short "Spanish Fiesta". Both shorts were filmed in 1941, with the studio releasing "Gay Parisien" first in January, 1942, and the second short "Spanish Fiesta" in March, 1942.See more »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Peruvian In Gay Paree, 11 September 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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