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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.


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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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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 »


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CAD 850,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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The American Film Theatre initially contracted with Caedmon Records to release box-set soundtrack albums from each of the films produced in the AFT series. The Caedmon project got as far as The Iceman Cometh (1973), A Delicate Balance (1973), The Homecoming (1973), Rhinoceros (1974), Luther (1974) and Butley (1974), all of which were handsomely issued on LP in their entirety. Once the AFT series began to falter, and record sales for the first six albums proved to be equally lukewarm, Caedmon cancelled its plans to produce any further box sets, stopping midway through the recording of Three Sisters (1974). This was unfortunate, as two of the remaining AFT projects were musicals. Despite its limited appeal, the soundtrack of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (1974) was surprisingly released as a two-record-set on the Atlantic Records label, but the glorious score of Lost in the Stars (1974) was never commercially released. See more »


Alone (Seul)
Written by Jacques Brel
Performed by Joe Masiell
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Brel Lives!
15 January 2000 | by David HutchinsonSee all my reviews

How rare it is for a musical to be filmed with members of its original stage cast! In this case, 1/2 of the stage version(Elly Stone and Mort Shuman) star, along with a cast replacement, Joe Masielle(another original member, Shawn Elliott, is in the background chorus). AND, as a special plus, this musical revue's subject appears to perform a song himself. The eclectic non-book of "Brel" doesn't necessarily translate well on screen. Ahhhh...but the Songs! Rendered with impeccable feelings of passion, regret and desire, Mr. Brel IS truely alive and well. This film is truly a haunting experience, and make anyone a fan of the late Belgian songmaster.

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