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


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 <>

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Drama | Music


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27 January 1975 (Canada)  »

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Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris  »

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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 »


I Loved (J'aimais)
Written by Jacques Brel, ' Gérard Jouannest and François Rauber
Performed by Elly Stone
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If you loved the show, you'll hate the movie
14 March 2005 | by (Phlorida) – See all my reviews

The American Film Theater was a noble experiment -- one that should have lasted longer. But atrocious adaptations such as this were just nails in the AFT's coffin. "Jaques Brel is Alive and Well..." was a trim little musical revue that highlighted the songs (in liberally paraphrased English translations) of Jaques Brel. It was minimally staged, with no scenery and few bells or whistles -- just four singers who poured their hearts and souls into every number. You could just sit there and let the songs carry you away.

This movie version just plain gets carried away. Not content just to put the songs across, the filmmakers have concocted weird backgrounds, scenery, situations, costumes, props -- everything you could imagine that would draw one's attention away from the music -- and mushes them all together to come up with messy sequences that look like they came from a bargain-budget road production of "Hair." It is absolutely unwatchable. Not even the presence of Brel himself (still alive and well at this time) can get this turkey off the ground.

If you love the music, avoid the movie. And if you don't know the music, get someone to play the cast album for you.

Jaques Brel's music is alive and well -- but not in this movie.

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