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Writers:
Jean Renoir (adaptation)
André-Paul Antoine (idea)
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Release Date:
16 April 1956 (USA) See more »
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Eclair Lab digital restoration 2010
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Jean Gabin ... 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

Michel Piccoli ... Le Capitaine Valorgueil
Albert Rémy ... Barjolin
France Roche ... Beatrix
Jean-Marc Tennberg ... Savate
Valentine Tessier ... Mme Olympe, mère de Nini
Philippe Clay ... Casimir le Serpentin

Édith Piaf ... Eugénie Buffet
Patachou ... Yvette Guilbert
Cora Vaucaire ... Esther Georges (singing voice)
André Claveau ... Paul Delmet
Mario Juillard ... Bruno Balpe (voice)
Jean Raymond ... Paulus
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Geneviève Bujold ... (unconfirmed)
Martine Alexis ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Claude Arnay ... Deuxième gommeux (uncredited)
Robert Auboyneau ... Le liftier (uncredited)
Bruno Balp ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Maurice Barnay ... Extra (uncredited)
Laurence Bataille ... La Pygmée (uncredited)
Claude Berri ... Un jeune homme à l'inauguration (uncredited)
Dorothée Blanck ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Léo Campion ... Le commandant (uncredited)
Jaque Catelain ... Le ministre (uncredited)
René-Jean Chauffard ... L'inspecteur de police (uncredited)
Jacques Ciron ... Premier gommeux (uncredited)
Max Dalban ... Patron de 'La Reine Blanche' (uncredited)
Sylvine Delannoy ... Titine (uncredited)
Hubert Deschamps ... Isidore, le garçon de café (uncredited)

Valentino Garavani ... Extra (uncredited)
Henri-Roland Hercé ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Jacques Hilling ... Le chirurgien (uncredited)
Corinne Jansen ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Jedlinska ... La Gigolette (uncredited)
Lydia Johnson ... Mme. Guibolle (uncredited)
François Joux ... Le secrétaire (uncredited)
Maïa Jusanova ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Ursula Kubler ... Une danseuse de 'La Reine Blanche' (uncredited)
Palmyre Levasseur ... Une blanchisseuse (uncredited)
Jacques Marin ... Un spectateur (uncredited)
Paul Mercey ... Un homme à l'inauguration (uncredited)
Anne-Marie Mersen ... Paquita (uncredited)
Gaston Modot ... Le valet de Danglard (uncredited)
Pierre Moncorbier ... L'huissier (uncredited)
Annik Morice ... Thérèse, blanchisseuse (uncredited)
Jean Mortier ... Le gérant de l'hôtel (uncredited)
Michèle Nadal ... Bigoudi (uncredited)
André Numès Fils ... Le voisin (uncredited)
Pierre Olaf ... Roberto, pierrot siffleur (uncredited)
René Pascal ... Bit Part (uncredited)
André Philip ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Pâquerette ... Mimi Prunelle (uncredited)
Jean Sylvère ... Le groom (uncredited)
Rosy Varte ... Habituée du café (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jean Renoir 
 
Writing credits
Jean Renoir (adaptation & dialogue)

André-Paul Antoine (idea)

Produced by
Louis Wipf .... producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Van Parys 
 
Cinematography by
Michel Kelber 
 
Film Editing by
Borys Lewin 
 
Production Design by
Max Douy 
 
Set Decoration by
Jean André 
Jacques Douy 
 
Costume Design by
Rosine Delamare 
 
Makeup Department
Yvonne Fortuna .... makeup artist
Huguette LaLaurette .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Lucien Lippens .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pierre Kast .... assistant director
Serge Vallin .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Clément Hurel .... poster artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Antoine Petitjean .... sound
 
Music Department
Georges Van Parys .... composer: songs "Catherine la Russie", "Complainte de la butte", "L'argent" and "Petits souris"
 
Other crew
Ginette Doynel .... script girl
Claude Grandjean .... choreographer
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Only the French Can" - USA (cut version)
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Runtime:
102 min | USA:93 min (1956 version) | West Germany:87 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia:
The on-screen singer of "La complainte de la Butte" is not Cora Vaucaire (credited in the titles) as she was deemed not good-looking enough to appear on film, so Italian actress Anna Amendola was put in front of the camera and mimed to the song...See more »
Soundtrack:
Catherine La RussieSee more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Refreshing French Twist, 8 July 2001
Author: GHMey from Astoria Queens, New York

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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