Black Tights (1961)
"1-2-3-4 ou Les collants noirs" (original title)

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Live scenes of Paris and a continuity Narrator link together four dramatic choreographies, all by Roland Petit: Carmen (1949), La croqueuse de diamants (1950), Deuil en 24 heures (1953), and Cyrano de Bergerac (1959).



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Credited cast:
The Widow
The Gold Digger / Carmen
Roland Petit ...
Cyrano / The Suitor / Don José
Who introduces
George Reich ...
Josette Clavier ...
The Woman Bandit
Dirk Sanders ...
Bertie Eckhrat ...
The Bartender
Hans von Manen ...
The Husband / A Bad guy / A Bandit
Henning Kronstam ...
The Bullfighter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
France Arnel ...
A Cigar Maker (as France Arnell)
Fredbjørn Bjørnsson ...
A Bandit
Raoul Celada ...
A Bad Guy
Josiane Consoli ...
Lise Ragueneau


Live scenes of Paris and a continuity Narrator link together four dramatic choreographies, all by Roland Petit: Carmen (1949), La croqueuse de diamants (1950), Deuil en 24 heures (1953), and Cyrano de Bergerac (1959).

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Release Date:

9 May 1961 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Black Tights  »

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2.20 : 1
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Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (1999) See more »


Cyrano de Bergerac
Ballet de Roland Petit
Music by Marius Constant
After the play by Edmond Rostand
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Delightful vintage film
11 June 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This terrific dance film deserves to be judged in its historical context, where it shone in set design, choreography, cinematography, musical vivacity and not least in superb dancing.

I recall that at the time, Rene Jeanmaire's portrayal of Carmen was considered shockingly sexy for classical dance.

The film is still a treasure, especially as another gorgeous record of the brilliance of Shearer and Charisse, and remains a fully developed treat for the senses of anyone who enjoys dance at its best.

Highly recommended viewing for fans of all ages, not least to very young people dreaming of becoming dancers. The work in this film exemplifies a level of dance artistry that was revered in its day and by now has become legendary.

Yes, we would certainly stage things differently in the 21st century, yet this film is REAL Roland Petit --le vrai de vrai--, whose influence has been huge.

Viewing it again as a senior, I find many of the sets remarkable, especially the Dali-esquire richness of the Carmen story. I hope to view it anew on TCM and to smile and applaud all over again!

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