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French Cancan (1954)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Drama  -  16 April 1956 (USA)
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This comedy drama from Jean Renoir chronicles the revival of Paris' most notorious dance as it tells the story of a theater producer who turns a humble washerwoman into a star at the Moulin Rouge.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Henri Danglard
Françoise Arnoul ...
Nini
María Félix ...
Lola de Castro de la Fuente de Espramadura 'La Belle Abbesse'
Anna Amendola ...
Esther Georges
Jean-Roger Caussimon ...
Baron Walter
Dora Doll ...
La Génisse
Giani Esposito ...
Prince Alexandre
Gaston Gabaroche ...
Oscar, le pianiste
Jacques Jouanneau ...
Bidon
Jean Parédès ...
Coudrier
Franco Pastorino ...
Paulo, le boulanger
Michèle Philippe ...
Eleonore
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Le Capitaine Valorgueil
Albert Rémy ...
Barjolin
France Roche ...
Beatrix
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Henri Danglard, proprietor of the fashionable (but bankrupt) cafe 'Le Paravent Chinois' featuring his mistress, belly dancer Lola, goes slumming in Montmarte (circa 1890) where the then-old-fashioned cancan is still danced. There, he conceives the idea of reviving the cancan as the feature of a new, more popular establishment...and meets Nini, a laundress and natural dancer, whom he hopes to star in his new show. But a tangled maze of jealousies intervenes... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa #17930 delivered on 17 December 1954. See more »

Soundtracks

Madame Arthur
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Lyrics by Paul de Kock
Music by Yvette Guilbert
Performed by Patachou
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25 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am not a fan of musicals, but I am a huge fan of Jean Renoir and Jean Gabin. I rented this movie on a whim and was pleasantly surprised even expecting greatness from the classic director. This movie is BEAUTIFUL. The shots are like oil paintings with motion, something a lot of directors strive for but Renoir MASTERS. I cannot express how much this movie transcends itself... it's not really a musical, it just has a couple of well-placed musical numbers and a grand dancing finale. But there is something about this movie in particular which makes you feel absolute JOY when watching it.

I am a fan of foreign art films, but I'm also a meathead who loves things like Die Hard and Schwarzenegger movies. I get very easily turned off by things that are overly happy or in "la la land," but this movie has an overwhelming positive energy that is just irresistible -- not to mention every frame is gorgeous and the plot is good. 10 out of 10.


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