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Bolero (1981)

Les uns et les autres (original title)
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... See full summary »

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Claude Lelouch

Writer:

Claude Lelouch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hossein ... Simon Meyer / Robert Prat
Nicole Garcia ... Anne Meyer
Geraldine Chaplin ... Suzan / Sara Glenn
Daniel Olbrychski ... Karl Kremer
Jorge Donn Jorge Donn ... Boris & Sergei Itovitch / Lead Dancer of Boléro
Rita Poelvoorde Rita Poelvoorde ... Tatiana & Tania Itovitch
Macha Méril ... Magda Kremer
Evelyne Bouix Evelyne Bouix ... Evelyne / Edith
Francis Huster ... Francis
Raymond Pellegrin ... M. Raymond
Paul Préboist ... Le grand-père d'Edith
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Le directeur du Lido
Marthe Villalonga ... La grand-mère d'Edith
Fanny Ardant ... Véronique
Jacques Villeret ... Jacques
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Storyline

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. Written by Ed Cannon <ecannon@mail.utexas.edu>

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Claude Lelouch of "A Man and A Woman" fame, now presents a visual masterpiece of love, music and life . . .

Genres:

Drama | Music

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English | German | Russian

Release Date:

27 May 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bolero See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Films 13,TF1 See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | 70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Claude Lelouch: [camera movement] The camera circles the actor/actress. Also very long shots with a hand-held camera, following characters in the action. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 21 mins) The soldiers are playing cards on the train and the game they are playing changes between shots. See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Edited into Les uns et les autres (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Dad and Co.
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Boris Bergman
Performed by Jackie Ward
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Pretentious disaster of a movie
29 June 2008 | by taussig100See all my reviews

I just watched this movie, and it took me 10 minutes to realize that I already saw it before (but never made it to the end). It's that forgettable. For starters, its interminable, almost 3 hours. It's a huge production, with a cast of a thousand, all famous French actors and with James Caan thrown in for good measure. There is an unending cast of poorly portrayed characters, new characters small and large popping up all the time. It's like watching a French telephone book made into a movie. Trying to keep it straight? Take a load of this, they all play two generations of themselves, sometimes at the same time (OK, the James Caan with the graying hair is the dad, and the one who looks not a year younger, with the red hair is the son. Why not give them all name tags?). If you want to see Fellini meets Busbee Berklee, if you like a comic book history lesson of WWII with nicely tanned and brightly colored scenes of Auschwitz for instance (I'm not kidding, and it's not a spoof either), and if a director who can't tell a story and covers up with gratuitous special effects and lavish song and dance numbers is your kind of guy, by all means watch this movie.


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