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Le Bal (1983)
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The 50 year story of a ballroom in France, from the 1920s. The people who go there is always the same, even the musicians. You can see all kind of people dancing all the fashion dances (... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Étienne Guichard ...
Le jeune étudiant de province / Le jeune professeur
Régis Bouquet ...
Le patron de la salle / Le paysan
Francesco De Rosa ...
Toni, le jeune serveur
Arnault LeCarpentier ...
Le jeune typographe / L'étudiant
Liliane Delval ...
La fille aux cheveux longs / L'alcoolique (as Liliane Léotard)
Martine Chauvin ...
La jeune fleuriste / L'étudiante
Danielle Rochard ...
La livreuse d'une modiste
Nani Noël ...
La fille de joie / La jeune juive / La refugiée / La jeune qui peint ses basses
Aziz Arbia ...
Le jeune ouvrier
Marc Berman ...
L'aristo / Le planqué / Le collaborationiste
Geneviève Rey-Penchenat ...
L'aristo
Michel van Speybroeck ...
L'homme qui vient de loin / Jean Gabin
Rossana Di Lorenzo ...
La dame-pipi
Michel Toty ...
L'ouvrier spécialisé
Raymonde Heudeline ...
L'ouvrière
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The 50 year story of a ballroom in France, from the 1920s. The people who go there is always the same, even the musicians. You can see all kind of people dancing all the fashion dances (depending on the age). Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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El baile  »

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Written by Pierre Delanoë and Gilbert Bécaud
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brilliant
7 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This piece is brilliant and it's tragic it's not more widely available. I just saw it for the first time in several years and was blown away at how perfect it was. Any dialogue would have ruined it, actually, because it was the finest example of European physical theatre I've ever seen. The casting was inspired. I am not in the habit of raving about films without qualifiers, but this one deserves it. The characters develop in such subtle ways, that it reminds me that this is not only a history of a ball room but of a person's life itself and the persistence of memory. It lends itself to so many layers of meaning, but still, it can be enjoyed just for itself...


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