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
The 1983 Vestron Video release deletes scenes that were even approved for the small-scale American release, including Richard Bohringer's boxing match, a scene on the train-ride with Evelyn Bouix, Robert Hossein, Jacques Villeret and Francis Huster...among others The Image DVD release restores these scenes. However, the 6-hour miniseries awaits a DVD release. See more
Referenced in The Last Horror Film
Music by Francis Lai
Lyrics by Boris Bergman
Arranged by Michel Legrand
Performed by Catherine Russell
and Ginette Garcin See more