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The 50 year story of a ballroom in France, from the 1920s. The people who go there is always the same, even the musicians. You can see all kind of people dancing all the fashion dances (... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Étienne Guichard ... Le jeune étudiant de province / Le jeune professeur
Régis Bouquet ... Le patron de la salle / Le paysan
Francesco De Rosa ... Toni, le jeune serveur
Arnault LeCarpentier ... Le jeune typographe / L'étudiant
Liliane Delval ... La fille aux cheveux longs / L'alcoolique
Martine Chauvin ... La jeune fleuriste / L'étudiante
Danielle Rochard ... La livreuse d'une modiste
Nani Noël ... La fille de joie / La jeune juive / La refugiée / La jeune qui peint ses basses
Aziz Arbia ... Le jeune ouvrier
Marc Berman ... L'aristo / Le planqué / Le collaborationiste
Geneviève Rey-Penchenat ... L'aristo
Michel van Speybroeck ... L'homme qui vient de loin / Jean Gabin
Rossana Di Lorenzo ... La dame-pipi
Michel Toty ... L'ouvrier spécialisé
Raymonde Heudeline ... L'ouvrière
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The 50 year story of a ballroom in France, from the 1920s. The people who go there is always the same, even the musicians. You can see all kind of people dancing all the fashion dances (depending on the age). Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Et Maintenant
Music by Gilbert Bécaud
Lyrics by Pierre Delanoë
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A time travel piece, in which the world's changes are reflected in a French ball room.The dances, music and styles change, but never is a word spoken.
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This movie is absolutely magical - taking place in a French ball room, it takes you through time. Year in year out, the music, the dances, the style and fashions change. We see the characters' hopes, fears and desires, we watch their interactions. We see how changes in the outside world affect them. Ettore Scola does this without letting his characters speak.The music, the cinematography, the dancing and interacting are the elements which let us experience the intensity of the voyage through time. Scola does not need language for this. However, this movie should not be mistaken for a kind of dancing medley. It is a keen observation of human behavior, accompanied with deep insight and empathy.


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