MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 217,118 this week

La vie parisienne (1991)

TV Movie  -   -  Musical | Comedy
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 6 users  
Reviews: 3 user

Add a Plot

Director:

Writers:

(libretto), (libretto)
0Check in
0Share...

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: La vie parisienne (TV Movie 1991)

La vie parisienne (TV Movie 1991) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of La vie parisienne.

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Hélène Delavault ...
Metella
Claire Wauthion ...
Baronesa de Gondremark
Isabelle Mazin ...
Gabrielle
Jean-Yves Chatelais ...
Baron de Gondremark
Jean-François Sivadier ...
Raoul de Garfeu
Jacques Verzier ...
Bobinet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierre Berriau ...
Prosper
Caroline Chaniolleau ...
Leonie
Alain Hocine ...
Frick
Nathalie Joly ...
Pauline
Ivan Merat-Barboff ...
Gontran
Pierre-François Pistorio ...
Le bresilien
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Musical | Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

La vie parisienne
(1866)
Music by Jacques Offenbach
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Lacking in joie-de-vivre
3 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"La Vie Parisienne" is an operetta famous for its lightness, gaiety, exuberance, effervescence, irresistible high spirits, etc. In my experience, indeed, English productions tend to overdo the 'Ooh-la-la!' element to the point of raucousness. This French staging errs in the opposite direction. It may be rated cool, staid, even austere by normal Offenbachian standards. According to a plot synopsis in "The Complete Book of Light Opera", at the end of "La Vie Parisienne" 'the curtain falls on a scene of rapturous hilarity'. Hardly in this case.

The recording was made at a performance in 1991 at the CDN Theatre, Lyon. The stage is very large and the chorus rather small. Ensembles consequently appear under-populated. The response of director, Alain Francon, to this problem is further to cut down the chorus presence and opt for a deliberately sparse look. It doesn't really work. The sets are fairly bare, generally grey or beige, and depressing in their emptiness, though period costumes add some colour.

The party scenes are particularly glum. In this production, unusually, the servants are not delighted to have the opportunity to dress up as society folk and eat, drink, and be merry (in order to help Gardefeu and Bobinet deceive Baron Gondremarck). Oh, no, they appear to regard the whole exercise as a tiresome imposition on themselves. The libretto may speak of joy and revelry; there is very little evidence of it onstage. The party-goers just stand around waiting for Gondremarck to drink himself under the table. In direct contradiction to the mood of the music, hedonism was never so joyless. Is the director trying to make a moral point? I honestly don't know, but, if he is, he has chosen the wrong show.

Helene Delavault (Metella) outshines the rest of the cast: she has considerable stage presence. As the two boulevardiers at the centre of the story, Jean-Francois Sivadier and Jacques Verzier fail to charm. The former looks permanently exasperated. Baron Gondremarck from Stockholm, the chief comic role, is played as a melancholy little man by Jean-Yves Chatelais (who, far from resembling a Swede, actually fits my notion of the stereotypical Frenchman). Frick, Urbain, and Pauline display some potential for humour, but the tone of the comedy is uneven. The Brazilian - a splendid cameo role in other productions - makes no impact at all. Most of the cast do not seem to be enjoying themselves enough to convey much joy to the audience.

This production is the full five-act version of "La Vie Parisienne", including a fourth act which is often cut. I fully approve of this from a musical standpoint: we get to hear the entire score. Given that the show never quite takes flight, however, viewers who are not confirmed enthusiasts for the music of Offenbach may well wish it were shorter. A performance of "La Vie Parisienne" that drags a bit? Yes, there must be something wrong.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss La vie parisienne (1991) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?