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Bolero (1981)

Les uns et les autres (original title)
Trough fabulous music, this movie tracks three generations of musicians and dancers from Russia, Germany, France and the U.S., from before World War II through the war and the Holocaust, to... See full summary »

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Simon Meyer / Robert Prat
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Anne Meyer
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Suzan / Sara Glenn
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Karl Kremer
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Boris & Sergei Itovitch / Lead Dancer of Boléro
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Tatiana & Tania Itovitch
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Magda Kremer
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Evelyne / Edith
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Francis
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M. Raymond
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Le grand-père d'Edith
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Le directeur du Lido
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La grand-mère d'Edith
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Véronique
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Jacques
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Trough fabulous music, this movie tracks three generations of musicians and dancers from Russia, Germany, France and the U.S., from before World War II through the war and the Holocaust, to the 1980s. Their lives become intertwined through the historical circumstances, and the culmination is the presence of several, including a former Nazi pianist and a French Jewish Holocaust survivor at an anti-famine concert. Written by Ed Cannon <ecannon@mail.utexas.edu>

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Claude Lelouch of "A Man and A Woman" fame, now presents a visual masterpiece of love, music and life . . .

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Trivia

Francis Lai: The composer appears as the blind accordion player. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 21 mins) The soldiers are playing cards on the train and the game they are playing changes between shots. See more »

Crazy Credits

The grand majority of the opening credits are spoken by the narrator. The narrator stops after crediting the choreographer. Only the film's production company, title and the name Claude Lelouch appear in writing before the Bolero dance at the opening (when the writing is onscreen, the orchestra is warming up). Also, a quote by Willa Cather appears at the very beginning. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Paris des autres
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Boris Bergman
Performed by Liliane Davis
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One of the Great ones
25 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

I just watched Bolero for the umpteenth time and it gets better each time. The film works on so many levels--character complexity, theme, emotion--that it stands up to many viewings. Lelouch is a Romantic, but knows when to stop, in the French tradition. His use of silence to convey emotion, especially near the end when David finds his mother is extremely poignant.

Lelouch also gets incredible performances from his actors.

This film deals with identity, war, lost love, and redefining oneself. it is profound while being entertaining. A true work of art and one of the great films of all time.


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