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A man is charged with murder. He is Pigoil, the aging stage manager at Chansonia, a music hall in a Paris faubourg. His confession is a long flashback to New Year's Eve, 1935, when he ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Jugnot ... Pigoil
Clovis Cornillac ... Milou
Kad Merad ... Jacky
Nora Arnezeder ... Douce
Pierre Richard ... Monsieur TSF
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ... Galapiat
Maxence Perrin ... Jojo
François Morel ... Célestin
Élisabeth Vitali Élisabeth Vitali ... Viviane
Christophe Kourotchkine Christophe Kourotchkine ... Lebeaupin
Éric Naggar Éric Naggar ... Grevoul
Eric Prat Eric Prat ... Commissaire Tortil
Julien Courbey Julien Courbey ... Mondain
Philippe du Janerand ... Triquet
Marc Citti Marc Citti ... L'inspecteur du Quai des Orfèvres
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Storyline

A man is charged with murder. He is Pigoil, the aging stage manager at Chansonia, a music hall in a Paris faubourg. His confession is a long flashback to New Year's Eve, 1935, when he discovers his wife is unfaithful and Galapiat, the local mobster, closes the music hall. Over the next few months, Pigoil loses custody of his beloved son, Jo-Jo, and must find work. Pigoil and his pals take over the Chansonia as a co-op; Galapiat is momentarily benign. Their star is the young Douce, a girl from near Lille for whom Galapiat lusts. She in turn falls in love with Milou, a local Red. There are ups and downs, but mostly ups - but what about Jo-Jo and what about the murder? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A grand tale of early theatre life.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and nudity, violence and brief language | See all certifications »
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Language:

French

Release Date:

24 September 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Paris 36 See more »

Filming Locations:

Surtainville, Manche, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,690, 5 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$850,575, 21 June 2009
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DTS 70 mm (70 mm print)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Faubourg is not French for "the district." It is a contraction of "faux bourg", French for "false town" and were used to designate smaller towns attached to larger towns or cities. A lot of these faubourgs were independent cities until they were attached to Paris and lost all independence around during the 17th and 18th century. A new outer wall was later erected around the city. These faubourgs, especially those on the East side, were usually blue collar, with a very active night life. See more »

Goofs

When Jacky accidentally turns on the radio while Pigoil is talking to his wife and her new lover, the radio is very loud immediately after Jacky flips the switch. On this type of old tube amplified radio, it would take several seconds for the tubes to heat up and amplify any signal, and the volume would go up very slowly. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Faubourg 36 - Le making of (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Loin de Paname
Music by Reinhardt Wagner
Lyrics by Frank Thomas
Performed by Nora Arnezeder
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Vive Le Cinema, France
3 May 2009 | by druid333-2See all my reviews

If this film had been produced 60 to 70 years ago,it probably would have been directed by Jean Renoir and starred Jean Gabin as one of the central figures. 'Faubourg 36' (or as it is being distributed in English speaking countries as 'Paris 36')is a film that takes place in Paris, just before world war 2,when political tensions were at a boiling point between left leaning French & their ultra conservative right wing counterpoint (which would eventually embrace the Nazi party in Germany,especially when Hitler marched into Paris in the 1940's). A (failing)theatrical troupe,bent on preserving their beloved theater tries to pull things back together,they get support from some of the locals (including an alleged Communist,who claims he was in the Red Brigade in Russia),a young lass trying to break into the singing profession,a (mostly)unfunny comic & enough well meaning persons to try and bring things together. A corrupt local political figure,who wants to do little more than bring the ruination of the theater also looms. The film is complimented by a cracker jack cast of French professionals who turn in a splendid job of acting. The screenplay, although something of an overstuffed sandwich of sorts,is still well played out. The film features several songs,most of which are performed by the cast,themselves. At times,this film has a Busby Berkley feel to it (which is not a bad thing). In French with English subtitles. Rated PG-13 by the MPAA,this film contains a bit of rude language,some suggestive material that parents of very young children may not appreciate,and some violence (but nothing too gory that could disturb some sensitive audiences). Well worth a look.


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