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Black Tights (1961)

1-2-3-4 ou Les collants noirs (original title)
Live scenes of Paris and a continuity Narrator link together four dramatic re-enactments of original ballet creations by Roland Petit and his ensemble, Ballets de Paris: Carmen (1949), La croqueuse de diamants (1950), Deuil en 24 heures (1953), and Cyrano de Bergerac (1959).

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

Roland Petit (adapted by), Edmond Rostand (inspired by the novel by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Chevalier ... Himself - Presenter
Les Ballets de Paris Les Ballets de Paris ... Themselves (as Ballets de Paris of Roland Petit)
Zizi Jeanmaire ... The Gold Digger / Carmen
Dirk Sanders Dirk Sanders ... Pierrot
Bertie Eckhrat Bertie Eckhrat ... The Bartender
Raoul Celada Raoul Celada ... Ruffian
Gerard Lemaitre Gerard Lemaitre ... Ruffian / Waiter at Coffee Shop
Elwin Carel Elwin Carel ... Ruffian
Hans von Manen Hans von Manen ... Ruffian / The Husband / Smuggler
Claude Jourdan Claude Jourdan ... Ruffian
Roland Petit Roland Petit ... Cyrano / The Seducer / Don José
Moira Shearer ... Roxane
George Reich George Reich ... Christian
Josiane Consoli Josiane Consoli ... Lise Ragueneau
Joelle Zissler Joelle Zissler ... The Duenna
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Storyline

Live scenes of Paris and a continuity Narrator link together four dramatic re-enactments of original ballet creations by Roland Petit and his ensemble, Ballets de Paris: Carmen (1949), La croqueuse de diamants (1950), Deuil en 24 heures (1953), and Cyrano de Bergerac (1959).

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One of the most inspired films to come from abroad. Two hours of "vivid, turbulent showmanship..." Three talented beauties, who interpret with verve and imagination, four droll and dramatic stories, all refreshingly different. A picture that is not in the least conventional, but nonetheless designed to entertain, entrance, enthrall... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

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Details

Country:

France | Portugal

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 May 1961 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Tights See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

La croqueuse de diamands
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Written by Jean-Michel Damase
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Elegant ballet film
10 November 2001 | by angelynx-2See all my reviews

Really can't add much to the knowledgeable original comment, but wanted to say what a handsome looking film this is, with striking, stylized sets and lighting. Even the slight fading of the Technicolor hues (at least in the print I saw) seemed more an asset than a failing. (And of course one has to give beauty marks to any film featuring the gorgeous Cyd Charisse!)-- Overall, just lovely to look at, especially the "Cyrano de Bergerac" sequence.


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