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Bolero (1981)
"Les uns et les autres" (original title)

 |  Drama, Music  |  27 May 1981 (France)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hossein ...
Simon Meyer / Robert Prat
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Anne Meyer
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Suzan / Sara Glenn
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Karl Kremer
Jorge Donn ...
Boris & Sergei Itovitch / Lead Dancer of Boléro
Rita Poelvoorde ...
Tatiana & Tania Itovitch
Macha Méril ...
Magda Kremer
Evelyne Bouix ...
Evelyne / Edith
Francis Huster ...
Francis
Raymond Pellegrin ...
M. Raymond
Paul Préboist ...
Le grand-père d'Edith
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Le directeur du Lido
Marthe Villalonga ...
La grand-mère d'Edith
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Véronique
Jacques Villeret ...
Jacques
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Trough fabulous Music this movie tracks three generations of musicians and dancers from Russia, Germany, France and the USA, 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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Claude Lelouch:  [camera movement]  The camera circles the actor/actress. Also very long shots with a hand-held camera, following characters in the action. See more »

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(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 »

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Ballade pour ma mémoire
Music by Francis Lai
Lyrics by Boris Bergman
Arranged by Jean Musy
Performed by Francis Lai and Liliane Davis
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One of the Great ones
25 December 2005 | by (Canada) – 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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