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It's expected among theater people. You have to do it or you get nowhere. That's what bothers me.
If I were in your shoes...
I always dreamed that Paulo would be the first. I'm afraid of looking foolish with Danglard.
You've still got time to take a lesson before tonight.
Listen to you!
[Nini runs to the Boulangerie. Enters. Locks the door. Sneaks up to Paolo]
Paulo, le boulanger:
Where's your uncle?
Paulo, le boulanger:
[Nini seductively walks into the back store room. Paulo follows]
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I watched this movie three times at different ages of my life and always did enjoy it very much indeed. This Can-Can is an authentic explosion of joie de vivre, like Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly musical, but in French way. And a Jean Renoir nice tribute to his time, his friends, lovers, music and dances. It is at same time a show business chronicle of that age, full of affection and French mood. It is too a clear tribute to the Impressionism (people who likes impressionistic painters will like this picture). It is particularly a tribute to Toulouse-Lautrec and, of course, to Jean Renoir father, Pierre-Auguste. You will find hear a trustworthy and splendid colored recreation of some Renoir master work. Excellent casting, scenery, sound-effects and music. Even it tell us about the creation of Parisian Moulin Rouge, obviously it is a fiction story (and not very original by the way, as it fall down in the very well know moral that the show must go on). But the Jean Renoir production is great.
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