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French Cancan (1954)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Drama | 16 April 1956 (USA)
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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María Félix ...
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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Only the French Can  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Nini: It's expected among theater people. You have to do it or you get nowhere. That's what bothers me.
Thérèse, blanchisseuse: If I were in your shoes...
Nini: I always dreamed that Paulo would be the first. I'm afraid of looking foolish with Danglard.
Thérèse, blanchisseuse: You've still got time to take a lesson before tonight.
Nini: Listen to you!
[Nini runs to the Boulangerie. Enters. Locks the door. Sneaks up to Paolo]
Paulo, le boulanger: Nini!
Nini: Where's your uncle?
Paulo, le boulanger: Asleep upstairs.
[Nini seductively walks into the back store room. Paulo follows]
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Soundtracks

Complainte de la butte
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Jean Renoir
Music by Georges Van Parys
Performed by Cora Vaucaire
Also sung by Jean Gabin, and whistled by Pierre Olaf
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Refreshing French Twist
8 July 2001 | by (Astoria Queens, New York) – See all my reviews

There are frames in this film that could be Renoir paintings with vivid colors against muted backgrounds. The humorous combination of sexual honesty and innocence is refreshing in this fifties film and makes palatable the old story line of the ingenue that becomes a star. The can-can number at the end seems realistic and exciting but not over the top as in an American dance sequence.


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