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

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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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Release Date:

27 January 1975 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

O Jacques Brel, panta zontanos kai zei sto Parisi  »

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CAD 850,000 (estimated)
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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

The Middle Class (Les bourgeois)
Written by Jacques Brel and Jean Cortinovis
Performed by Mort Shuman and Joe Masiell
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JB is alive and well and living with me
27 July 2002 | by (Chantilly, Virginia) – See all my reviews

I originally heard this on borrowed vinyl many years ago. When it appeared on cable, I had the foresight to videotape it, and have had the pleasure of watching it numerous times. I recently bought the soundtrack CD, replacing my worn out audio tape, and I listen while driving, singing all the wonderful songs at the top of my lungs, and seeing the video in my mind's eye. I am sure it is not for everyone, and it is way outside my usual musical or movie tastes, but for me it is the berries. True story-I was riding on a ski lift with a couple of strangers, and one was trying to describe this strange musical he had seen to his partner. I piped in with the name, etc. How unlikely- one of the twelve people who ever saw this was there when needed! But beware: this sure ain't rock and roll.


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