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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 1939, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo remained in New York City, after their American and South American tour had ended. With the unstable world conditions focused in England, France, Poland and the Nazi-European war expansion, the Ballet Russe company directors's decision was to keep the company members safe in the United States.See more »
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
jean negulesco 's The Gay Parisienne (1941), 15 September 2006
Author: xoregos from United States

In filming Massine's Gaite Parisienne with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo,director Jean Negulesco chose the shots and edited the film beautifully. Dance is very hard to film effectively. Also, Massine adapted his famous dance wonderfully for film and what a treat to see him dance The Peruvian, his own creation! The famous dancers of the early 1940's makes a breathtaking cast list: Frederic Franklin, Krassovska,Eglevsky--everyone dancing and looking marvelous. They just threw off the choreography with no effort whatsoever. Thanks to Turner Classic Films for bringing these Negulesco shorts to light. All of them well acted, nicely designed and written. The costumes perfect. Not that garish mess of costuming a few years ago for American Ballet Theater. What a thrill to know Gaite Parisienne has been caught forever on film and so well. The addition of the sound of Massine's footsteps in his allegro pas and other slight sound additions an important element of making the ballet seem alive and not just a silent dance filmed to recorded music. And what about those musicians coming in while playing the beginning of the Barcarolle? Shela Xoregos

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