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Release Date:
2 December 1941 (USA) See more »
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In a Paris nightclub setting, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo performs to the music of Jacques Offenbach. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Lots of Energy, No Coherence See more (5 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
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Runtime:
20 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
USA:Approved | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
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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Featured in Ballets Russes (2005)See more »
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2 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Lots of Energy, No Coherence, 17 March 2008
Author: Athanatos from San Diego, CA

There's considerable color, lots of energy, and the grins of the dancers tell us that we are supposed to think that this production is absolutely delightful. But the choreographer and dancers don't display sufficient technical virtuosity to off-set the almost complete lack of an actual story here. Imagine a second- or third-rate '40s musical, eliminate the singing, and replace the movie make-up with that appropriate to live theater, and you'll have a rough idea of what this film is like. Danny Kaye would have been expected to move with more precision than does Leonide Massine; the nameless dancers for MGM would have been expected to be better synchronized than are the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. While I'm sure that, with a run-time of 20 minutes, a more tiring film *could* be made, I'm not sure than one *has* been made.

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