Paris 36 (2008)
"Faubourg 36" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Music, Musical  |  24 September 2008 (France)
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A man is charged with murder. He is Pigoil, the aging stage manager at Chansonia, a music hall in a Paris faubourg. His confession is a long flashback to New Year's Eve, 1935, when he ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Monsieur TSF
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ...
Maxence Perrin ...
Élisabeth Vitali ...
Christophe Kourotchkine ...
Eric Naggar ...
Eric Prat ...
Commissaire Tortil
Julien Courbey ...
Philippe du Janerand ...
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A man is charged with murder. He is Pigoil, the aging stage manager at Chansonia, a music hall in a Paris faubourg. His confession is a long flashback to New Year's Eve, 1935, when he discovers his wife is unfaithful and Galapiat, the local mobster, closes the music hall. Over the next few months, Pigoil loses custody of his beloved son, Jo-Jo, and must find work. Pigoil and his pals take over the Chansonia as a co-op; Galapiat is momentarily benign. Their star is the young Douce, a girl from near Lille for whom Galapiat lusts. She in turn falls in love with Milou, a local Red. There are ups and downs, but mostly ups - but what about Jo-Jo and what about the murder? Written by <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and nudity, violence and brief language | See all certifications »



Release Date:

24 September 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Paris 36  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$44,690 (USA) (3 April 2009)


$850,575 (USA) (19 June 2009)

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Sound Mix:

(70 mm print)|


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The old man, Monsieur TSF, who stays in his apartment is named after the original French name for radio: "Telediffusion Sans Fil", which means "Wireless Broadcasting" in French, abbreviated "TSF". See more »


When Jacky accidentally turns on the radio while Pigoil is talking to his wife and her new lover, the radio is very loud immediately after Jacky flips the switch. On this type of old tube amplified radio, it would take several seconds for the tubes to heat up and amplify any signal, and the volume would go up very slowly. See more »


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A great fantasy tribute to Paris in the 1930s
29 April 2009 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

I loved it! Boz Luhrmann meets Cinema Paradiso in numerous ways. The plot is simple, as others here have already described. But it retains an abundance of charm. The undercurrents of antisemitism and fascism that were persistent in 1936 France are themes rarely seen on screen. Ditto for the Communist workers' movement during the same time. The clashes between these two groups were inevitable, and this film depicts that struggle brilliantly, without preaching to us or hitting us over the head with it. All the acting, singing and dancing are extremely well-done, and the cinematography, while Luhrmann-esquire is engaging. Best of all perhaps is the music. This film is destined to be a classic, and will always be on my favorites list. The only thing I would change is that I would retain the original title. The audience for this film is sophisticated enough to handle it.

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