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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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Ettore Scola

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Jean-Claude Penchenat (scenario), Ruggero Maccari (scenario) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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
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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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History | Musical

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Country:

France | Italy | Algeria

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Release Date:

17 February 1984 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)
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I cant believe how few people know about this little gem!
31 July 2011 | by info-12388See all my reviews

I'm not one to use the term "brilliant" when describing a film, but LE BAL certainly merits it. It sounds so dry when you tell people the plot: a bunch of people in a timeless (in more ways than one) dance hall in Paris, with a series of vignettes that give the viewer a history of not only France but Europe (and in some places, the world) from the late 20s to the mid-80s. And yet that's what it is and what makes it so incredibly brilliant. The director uses each time's music and dance to make a statement about life as it was, whether during the Occupation or the 60s era student riots. His performers are all, to a man/woman, spot on with their characterizations: the man who's more concerned about his perfect hair than the safety of his dancing partner, the controlling woman who rhythmically waves her hands to keep her men at a suitable distance, the near-sighted wallflower who IIRC never gets on the dance floor. Even the buffoons are so elegantly shaded that you find yourself rooting for them in the end.

This little masterpiece is now almost impossible to find, so grab it when you do see it. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. Yes, it is that good.


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