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Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (1975)

Three attendees at a puppet theater don various roles in order to sing a variety of songs by Jacques Brel, all while hippies and other eccentrics cavort about them.


Denis Héroux


Eric Blau (screenplay), Eric Blau (play) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Elly Stone Elly Stone ... Lady With Shopping Bag
Mort Shuman Mort Shuman ... Taxi Driver
Joe Masiell Joe Masiell ... Marine
Jacques Brel ... Self
Annick Berger Annick Berger
Moni Yakim Moni Yakim
Bernard Lafontaine Bernard Lafontaine
France Lombard France Lombard
Sophie Héroux Sophie Héroux
Nico Sirakos Nico Sirakos
Jean Schianno Jean Schianno
René Quivrin René Quivrin
Paule Tanneur Paule Tanneur
Martial Martial
Jean Nény Jean Nény ... (as Jean Meny)


Jacques Brel Is Alive, etc. once toured American and European theatres. The show is comprised of 35 songs written by the famous travelling troubedor Jacques Brell (who also stars in the film version). The film centers on various aspects of life (love, marriage, death, war, etc.). Written by T.P. Addams <quiddity@netzone.com>

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Drama | Music


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Did You Know?


That Jacques Brel knew he was dying is pure fantasy, not to say other words that might easily be deemed offensive. Brel died in 1978 of pneumonia while he was cured for a recurrence of his lung cancer. Between 1974 and 1978, after he had surgery on his left lung, he and his woman alone embarked on a round-the-world tour by boat which eventually led them to Hiva Oa in the Marquis Islands where they settled down. In the years that they spent there, he used his private airplane to help the isolated community bringing them goods from the main island, carrying people to hospital visits, and so on. He also managed with his French filmmaker friends to open up an open-air cinema theatre. Not really the moribund life-style. See more »


Timid Frieda (Les timides)
Written by Jacques Brel
Performed by Elly Stone
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...a delightful cabaret of music video before it even existed.
30 July 2002 | by cbe0525See all my reviews

I saw this film in 1975 as part of the AFI series at UCLA. Walking into the theatre, I had no idea what to expect and had never heard of Jacques Brel before. I became a huge Jacques Brel fan that evening and have enjoyed his music for the last 27 years. This film is a delightful cabaret of music video before it even existed. Ellie Stone's torch singing performance, in particular, made me a fan for life. The rest of the cast was equally dynamic; I can still hear "Next" being sung inside my head. Brel's work is touching, political, brilliant. This film was available on video for a very short time in the early 80's. How I wish I had purchased it then as it is no longer available. I would love to see this film over and over again.

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Release Date:

27 January 1975 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Jacques Brel él, jól van és Párizsban lakik See more »

Filming Locations:

Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »


Box Office


CAD850,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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