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Jean Renoir (adaptation)
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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 Extremadura '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)

Did You Know?

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 »
Henri Danglard:You want to put me in a cage like a canary? I warn you, it won't last long.See more »
L'argentSee more »


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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Very French joie de vivre, 28 August 2002
Author: cartosan from Spain

I watched this movie three times at different ages of my life and always did enjoy it very much indeed. This Can-Can is an authentic explosion of joie de vivre, like Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly musical, but in French way. And a Jean Renoir nice tribute to his time, his friends, lovers, music and dances. It is at same time a show business chronicle of that age, full of affection and French mood. It is too a clear tribute to the Impressionism (people who likes impressionistic painters will like this picture). It is particularly a tribute to Toulouse-Lautrec and, of course, to Jean Renoir father, Pierre-Auguste. You will find hear a trustworthy and splendid colored recreation of some Renoir master work. Excellent casting, scenery, sound-effects and music. Even it tell us about the creation of Parisian Moulin Rouge, obviously it is a fiction story (and not very original by the way, as it fall down in the very well know moral that the show must go on). But the Jean Renoir production is great.

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