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Jean Renoir (adaptation)
André-Paul Antoine (idea)
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Release Date:
16 April 1956 (USA) See more »
Eclair Lab digital restoration 2010
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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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:
Lia Amanda

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)

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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102 min | USA:93 min (1956 version) | West Germany:87 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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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 »
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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful film, 16 November 2007
Author: gudpaljoey from United States

I just viewed Jean Renoir's wonderful film, French Can Can. It is a visual delight and a great entertainment. The recently produced Moulin Rouge pales by comparison. I didn't quite get all of the praise that the recent movie received. Now I'm convinced more than ever, that my appraisal was correct after seeing a master film maker like Jean Renoir's version of the same story. He succeeded in getting great performances out of his entire cast, and the great French actor, Jean Gabin was in rare form. The dance sequence near the end was one of the most exciting one I'd ever seen. It was long, but I didn't want it to end. This film deserves to receive more recognition than it's got.

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