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18 March 1992 (France) See more »
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Gérard Lanvin ... Jésus-Christ / Jésus le gitan

Béatrice Dalle ... Odona

Vincent Lindon ... Simon Choulel
Marie-Sophie L. ... Marie

Patrick Chesnais ... Pierre Lhermitte

Jacques Gamblin
Paul Préboist ... Le professeur tricot

Élie Chouraqui ... Associé de Pierre
Constantin Alexandrov ... Kraki
Denis Charvet
Amina Annabi ... La soeur de Jésus
Jean-Michel Dupuis ... Le professeur
Patrick Edlinger ... Himself
Pablo Gilabert
Tara Gano ... La mère de Jésus
Olivier Hémon

Gérard Darmon ... Le motard
Igor Hossein
Karak Kawak

Anémone ... Mme Desjardins
Patrice Laffont ... Himself

Amidou ... Le berger
Thierry Maricot
Pierre Vernier ... Le proviseur
Isabelle Nanty ... Isabelle
Jean Benguigui ... Doga
Catherine Lachens ... La chasseuse de tête
François Perrot ... L'oncle de Marie
Marie Sara ... Herself
Laurent Weil

Jean-Claude Dreyfus ... L'inspecteur du grand magasin
Hubert Reeves ... Himself
Sophie Artur
Eric Hémon (as Éric Dodd)
Jeanne Gentil
Eloïse Labro (as Valérie Labro)
Maryline Mathieu
Mercedes Metal
Eric Métayer
Christine Paolini
Corinne Sauvage
Aurélie Vérillon ... Ecolière
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marie-Pierre de Gérando ... Himself
Charles Gérard ... Didier Louis
Arlette Emmery ... La vendeuse de robes de mariée (uncredited)

Directed by
Claude Lelouch 
Writing credits
Claude Lelouch 

Claude Lelouch (dialogue)

Maryline Dupoux (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Jean-Paul De Vidas .... executive producer
Original Music by
Francis Lai 
Philippe Servain 
Cinematography by
Jean-Yves Le Mener 
Film Editing by
Hélène de Luze 
Production Design by
Thierry Flamand 
Costume Design by
Mimi Lempicka 
Makeup Department
Jean-Charles Bachelier .... hair stylist
Magali Ceyrat .... makeup artist
Dominique Colladant .... special makeup artist
Michel Deruelle .... key makeup artist
Reiko Kruk .... special makeup artist
Production Management
Michel Jullien .... unit production manager
Tania Zazulinsky .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Gueu .... first assistant director
Simon Lelouch .... second assistant director
Art Department
Alain Alexandre .... property master
Denis Barbier .... set dresser
Luc Vellatta .... swing gang
Michel Conche .... on-set propmaster (uncredited)
Laurent Saimond .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michel Eloy .... dubbing sound
Laurent Lévy .... foley artist
Harald Maury .... sound
Joël Riant .... sound assistant
Gérard Rousseau .... sound mixer
Eric Tisserand .... assistant sound mixer
Philippe Guégan .... stunt coordinator
Mario Luraschi .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Andron .... grip
Christophe Beaucarne .... first assistant camera
Berto .... camera operator: second unit
Bernard Caroff .... electrician
Alain Cousseau .... gaffer
Christophe Legal .... second assistant camera
Franck Lependu .... electrician
Jérôme Peyrebrune .... first assistant camera
Guy Plasson .... grip
Itzik Ben-Aroya .... key grip (uncredited)
Dominique Delguste .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Marc Koninckx .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Lionel Perrin .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Olivier Rodriguez .... gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
Patrick Rotily .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Célina Blanc .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandra Robin .... costume assistant
Elsa Soustre .... costume assistant
Marie-Noëlle Van Meerbeeck .... first assistant costume
Editorial Department
Catherine Buisson .... assistant editor
Alain Guarda .... color timer
Stéphane Mazalaigue .... assistant editor
Other crew
Paul Boujenah .... production coordinator
Chantal Bégasse .... production secretary
Arlette Gordon .... unit publicist
François Hardy .... harnessing
Chantal Pernecker .... script supervisor
Michèle Yvars .... production administrator
Jean-Luc Marino .... trainee (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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210 min | South Korea:135 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
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Paris (chant)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
La Belle Histoire: a truly captivating movie, 28 August 2007
Author: imenkins from Australia

A truly captivating movie, or is it actually several movies wrapped up in one? The religious twist caught me completely by surprise and once I got into the first few minutes of this movie I was hooked. The movie is unique and spellbinding and somehow manages to synchronize Christianity with a gypsy-imbued belief in reincarnation, in a way that comes across with conviction and a sense of powerful reality. There is also a huge dose of simple humanity added to this magical recipe, thus separating it from any danger of mere pedantry or instruction. A rather long movie, but it manages to sustain the viewer's attention throughout. In fact I could not keep my eyes off the screen for the whole viewing. The emotional undercurrent at first seems subtle and subdued, but has a constant underlying intensity that is unavoidable and finally sweeps you away with it. You cannot help but get carried away by this movie. I love this movie and have watched it many times. Possibly my only criticism is with the use of the same song/music, repeated many times throughout. Clearly real gypsies would have a much greater repertoire! Another minor problem I feel, is that many of the philosophical concepts were overtly and therefore unnecessarily stated, when the story itself should have been allowed to put forward these concepts. The new release on DVD comes as part of a set of Lelouch movies, but appears to be a director's cut(?). I say this because it is sequenced a bit differently to the original film version that I saw on television many years ago. It is also missing the intro, which (if my memory serves me) had a radio announcer waxing philosophical on air, and sped up footage of car lights on busy multi-lane motorways. This introductory footage was superb in that it related directly to the later concepts of bees, and so I cannot really understand why it was left off of the later DVD release. Whatever the reasons I still give this movie a top rating, four stars, the best! This has become my favorite movie of all time.

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