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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 »

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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 ... Himself
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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France | Canada | USA



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


CAD 850,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?


Brel's scenes were filmed quickly as Brel, a heavy smoker, knew he was dying. In October of 74 he was diagnosed with lung cancer. That following November he was rushed to the hospital for emergency lung surgery. See more »


The Bulls (Les taureaux)
Written by Jacques Brel, Gérard Jouannest and Jean Corti
Performed by Joe Masiell
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JB is alive and well and living with me
27 July 2002 | by bernie minimSee all my reviews

I originally heard this on borrowed vinyl many years ago. When it appeared on cable, I had the foresight to videotape it, and have had the pleasure of watching it numerous times. I recently bought the soundtrack CD, replacing my worn out audio tape, and I listen while driving, singing all the wonderful songs at the top of my lungs, and seeing the video in my mind's eye. I am sure it is not for everyone, and it is way outside my usual musical or movie tastes, but for me it is the berries. True story-I was riding on a ski lift with a couple of strangers, and one was trying to describe this strange musical he had seen to his partner. I piped in with the name, etc. How unlikely- one of the twelve people who ever saw this was there when needed! But beware: this sure ain't rock and roll.

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