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Le Bal (1983)

Le bal (original title)
Dance moves, music and fashion mark the passage of time inside a Paris dance hall, throughout fifty years of history.


Ettore Scola


Jean-Claude Penchenat (scenario), Ruggero Maccari (scenario) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Étienne Guichard Étienne Guichard ... Le jeune étudiant de province / Le jeune professeur
Régis Bouquet Régis Bouquet ... Le patron de la salle / Le paysan
Francesco De Rosa Francesco De Rosa ... Toni, le jeune serveur
Arnault LeCarpentier Arnault LeCarpentier ... Le jeune typographe / L'étudiant
Liliane Delval Liliane Delval ... La fille aux cheveux longs / L'alcoolique
Martine Chauvin Martine Chauvin ... La jeune fleuriste / L'étudiante
Danielle Rochard Danielle Rochard ... La livreuse d'une modiste
Nani Noël Nani Noël ... La fille de joie / La jeune juive / La refugiée / La jeune qui peint ses basses
Aziz Arbia Aziz Arbia ... Le jeune ouvrier
Marc Berman Marc Berman ... L'aristo / Le planqué / Le collaborationiste
Geneviève Rey-Penchenat Geneviève Rey-Penchenat ... L'aristo
Michel van Speybroeck Michel van Speybroeck ... L'homme qui vient de loin / Jean Gabin
Rossana Di Lorenzo Rossana Di Lorenzo ... La dame-pipi
Michel Toty Michel Toty ... L'ouvrier spécialisé
Raymonde Heudeline Raymonde Heudeline ... L'ouvrière


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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When the words are superfluous
30 May 2007 | by Galina_movie_fanSee all my reviews

In "Le Bal" (1983) directed by Ettore Scola, the 50 year history of Europe happens in front of you in one ballroom somewhere in Paris where the same actors play the different characters that live through their dances From 1930s to the 1980s as the time passes by and politics, social behavior, and fashion change with each new epoch... For less than two hours we would go through the wars, peace, racial conflicts, student riots of 1968 while Ettore Scola's camera never leaves the ballroom. Dialogues and relationships are realized through the music and dancing only with no word spoken. Ironically, the film was nominated by the Academy for the Best Foreign Language movie award. It should have been nominated for the best Universal Language award – the language of music… The soundtrack features the works of such composers as Frederick Chopin, Irving Berlin, John Lennon, and Paul Mc Cartney. The original music was written by one of my favorite film composers, Vladimir Cosma. I saw "Le Bal" over twenty years ago and it has stayed with me over all these years as fantastic, one of its kind unforgettable film.

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17 February 1984 (Italy) See more »

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