Trough fabulous music, this movie tracks three generations of musicians and dancers from Russia, Germany, France and the U.S., from before World War II through the war and the Holocaust, to the 1980s. Their lives become intertwined through the historical circumstances, and the culmination is the presence of several, including a former Nazi pianist and a French Jewish Holocaust survivor at an anti-famine concert.
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Claude Lelouch of "A Man and A Woman" fame, now presents a visual masterpiece of love, music and life . . .
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: [camera movement] The camera circles the actor/actress. Also very long shots with a hand-held camera, following characters in the action. See more
(at around 1h 21 mins) The soldiers are playing cards on the train and the game they are playing changes between shots. See more
The grand majority of the opening credits are spoken by the narrator. The narrator stops after crediting the choreographer. Only the film's production company, title and the name Claude Lelouch appear in writing before the Bolero dance at the opening (when the writing is onscreen, the orchestra is warming up). Also, a quote by Willa Cather appears at the very beginning. See more
Presented on French television in a 6 hours version quite clearer then the shortened American release. Richard Bohringer and Fanny Ardant's characters, for example, are better developed. See more
Referenced in The Last Horror Film
Ballade pour ma mémoire
Music by Francis Lai
Lyrics by Boris Bergman
Arranged by Jean Musy
Performed by Francis Lai
and Liliane Davis See more