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

 -  Drama | Music  -  27 May 1981 (France)
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Cast

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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Francis Lai:  The composer appears as the blind accordion player. 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 greatest WW II epic masterpieces EVER!
11 July 2000 | by (Coral Gables, Fl) – See all my reviews

Well, I'm obviously not alone in saying this is the best, the greatest, the finest movie, etc. So what's with the rating? Again, as in many cases of movies with few votes, a small group skews the score to a ridiculous level. I saw this masterpiece in Paris when it came out in the early 1980's, and went back to see it the nest day. It was too much exquisite detail to take in during one sole session. The development of the characters, interwoven into the fabric of tragedy that was the war, the haunting Bolero by Ravel. Devastingly beautiful touching, and grand. Since this film, Lelouche (A MAN AND A WOMAN, LES MISERABLES (1994) has made a few films touching on his autobiographical experiences as a young Jew, during the Holocaust. This movie was made before there were dozens of them to compare to, like Lelouche's own perhaps just as good LES MIS... with Jean-Paul Belmondo. Having lived in France, I know there are many cinephiles who just outright hate Lelouche. These feelings, as I have experienced them, are thinly-veiled anti-semitic feelings. Say, it may be an "artsy" way of saying I'm an anti-semite: J'aime pas Lelouche. I think this is why this movie is undeservedly ranked so low in this base. I came across, and voted on it a while back, precisely because the rating shocked me so. As I went through the comments though today, I was happy to see I was not alone, and thought I would throw my "ten francs worth" in. I want to buy it for my collection.


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