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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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16 April 1956 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Italian censorship visa #17930 delivered on 17 December 1954. See more »

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Le Gros Chat
Performed by Philippe Clay
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If in Cannes ev'ry tan courtesan can ....
16 December 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Acknowledgments to Cole Porter from whose lyric CanCan (the title song of his 1953 Broadway show of the same name) I take my one line summary. This is, purely and simply, a Valentine to Paris, the Belle Epoque, the Impressionists, you-name-it. As such it is both stunning and sumptuous.Gabin - who began in the French Music Halls - is superb, but then when isn't he, Arnoul is a revelation. More? Well, the photography is ... the music is ... the ambience is ... aw, what the hell, go see it, do yourself a great big favor. 9/10


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