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1928 (Austria) See more »
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Gabrielle (Helene Hallier), an ambitious but innocent would-be young chorine, trumps a music hall publicity... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A lovely film with an atrocious modern musical score. See more (6 total) »

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Directed by
Joe Francis  (as Joe Francys)
 
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Joe Francis  story (as Joe Francys)
Clément Vautel 

Produced by
Alex Nalpas .... producer
 
Original Music by
Taranta-Babu 
 
Cinematography by
Jimmy Berliet 
Maurice Guillemin 
 
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Lenny Borger .... special thanks
 

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103 min (restored)
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Color (Pathécolor) (partial)
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Alternate language version of Die Frauen von Folies Bergères (1927)See more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A lovely film with an atrocious modern musical score., 11 October 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Wow, does this film have a horrible musical track on the DVD. Now you can't blame the original film makers--it was up to individual movie houses to provide whatever score they wanted with most silent films. Because of this, when silents are placed on DVD or shown on channels like Turner Classic Movies, they have modern composers create scores so the films aren't totally silent. Unfortunately, in the case of "La Revue des Revues" it has perhaps the most annoying and cacophonous accompaniments I have ever heard. It's like plunging knives into your ears to listen to it, so I was forced to turn off the sound part of he way into the movie. Why is it so bad? Well, part of it is because of the excessive use of electronic music--which just doesn't fit a film made in the 1920s. Another is because much of it sounds like free-form jazz sped up to twice normal speed! Yikes!

As far as the original film goes, it's quite striking to see such an early film with so much color. While the Pathé Color process was not true color, it was impressive for the time--and, in some ways, more pleasing to the eye than its competitor at the time, the Two-Color Technicolor process. Pathé Color relied on a small army of women with stencils to actually paint in the colors onto the print using rollers--a very, very time-consuming process to say the least. The biggest benefit was the color palette--you could use any color you liked. While the Two-Color Technicolor was a lot easier to use and cheaper and could be used to color the entire film (whereas the other process was usually just used in bits and pieces), it did tend to make films looks too strong of orange and green. It also usually lacked realism unless used selectively (such as in "The Phantom of the Opera"). Of the two, I still prefer the look of Two-Color if used well!

As far as the story goes, Gabrielle's story is actually just a thin way to try to connect live footage made of various acts of the time from the French stage--such as Josephine Baker. So, if you are looking for a story, keep looking--this is much better seen as a documentary of a bygone era. Overall, I'd give this film a 2 if you watch it with the sound turned on--it's THAT bad. But, without, it is a lovely historical record and a very well made film that deserves your attention and a 7.

By the way, there is a bit of nudity in this film--which shouldn't surprise you since this IS the Folies Bergère. Topless dancing sometimes was featured and I am a bit surprised more of this was not featured in the film. Since it is not gratuitous and is meant as more of a documentary, I wouldn't have any trouble letting kids see this--though I think most would be bored by it.

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