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Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (1975)

Three attendees at a puppet theater don various roles in order to sing a variety of songs by Jacques Brel, all while hippies and other eccentrics cavort about them.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elly Stone ...
Lady With Shopping Bag
Mort Shuman ...
Taxi Driver
Joe Masiell ...
Marine
Jacques Brel ...
Himself
Annick Berger
Moni Yakim
Bernard Lafontaine
France Lombard
Sophie Héroux
Nico Sirakos
Jean Schianno
René Quivrin
Paule Tanneur
Martial
Jean Nény ...
(as Jean Meny)
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Storyline

Jacques Brel Is Alive, etc. once toured American and European theatres. The show is comprised of 35 songs written by the famous travelling troubedor Jacques Brell (who also stars in the film version). The film centers on various aspects of life (love, marriage, death, war, etc.). Written by T.P. Addams <quiddity@netzone.com>

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Drama | Music

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27 January 1975 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Jacques Brel él, jól van és Párizsban lakik  »

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Budget:

CAD 850,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Brel's scenes were filmed quickly as Brel, a heavy smoker, knew he was dying. In October of 74 he was diagnosed with lung cancer. That following November he was rushed to the hospital for emergency lung surgery. See more »


Soundtracks

Last Supper (Le Dernier Repas)
Written by Jacques Brel
Performed by Mort Shuman, Elly Stone, and Joe Masiell
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A powerful singing performance in a poor cinematic package
6 November 2009 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

I have been a Brel fan for many years and it so happened that I never had the chance to see Brel translated in English. I am glad that I found this DVD at the library and I enjoyed most of it. I have read some criticism here on the cinematography, and I fully agree with it. In particular, my criticism is on the voice synchronization. It is very rare to find such poor technical quality in movie, but in this case I do bear in mind that this was play before it was a movie. I am very familiar with the French originals and I was impressed by Mort Shuman's lyrics, and by the powerful performance of Elly Stone. IN particular I found the interpretation of (the very difficult) "Marike" very impressive, in particular since part of it was in (very well pronounced) Flemish. I liked Brel's performance of course, but I would have expected translation subtitles, since the rest of the songs were in English. As a movie, this DVD is unwatchable and I fell asleep watching it. However, after waking up, I listened carefully to the music and the lyrics and realized that this was a very talented crew, but the filming was amateurish. In part this was deliberate, but overall I am sure a remake of this movie as a series of new music videos would be well received by Brel enthusiasts like myself. My rank of 5 is an average of Music 9 and Cinematography 1.


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