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Chocolat ()


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The rise and fall of the famous clown Chocolat, the first black circus performer who revolutionised the stagnant circus acts and conquered Paris of the Belle Époque with his exuberance and... See more »

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Cast

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Rafael Padilla dit Chocolat
James Thierrée ...
George Footit dit Footit (as James Thiérrée)
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Marie Hecquet
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Joseph Oller
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Théodore Delvaux
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Yvonne Delvaux
Alice de Lencquesaing ...
Camille
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Victor
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Firmin Gemier
Thibault de Montalembert ...
Jules Moy
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Régina Badet
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Jacques Potin
Christophe Fluder ...
Marval, le lilliputien (as Krystoff Fluder)
Antonin Maurel ...
Le clown Ortis
Mick Holsbeke ...
Le clown Green
Wilfred Benaïche ...
Monsieur Constantine
John Arnold ...
Le Corse
Olympe ...
Suzanne (6 ans)
Timothé Vom Dorp ...
Eugène (8 ans)
Clovis Fouin ...
Frédo
Cédric Appietto ...
Leca
Hocine Choutri ...
Ray
Dan Herzberg ...
Fergus
Eric Kailey ...
Gardien Mace
Bô Gaultier de Kermoal ...
Lee
Marlon Bennett Joseph ...
Rafael
Lazaro De La Caridad Hidalgo Wilson ...
Basil
Matthieu Rozé ...
Gendarme imberbe
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Gendarme moustachu (as Stefan Godin)
Brahim Takioullah ...
Géant Landon
Jean-Christophe Herveet ...
Père Pantoni
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Louis Lumière
Bruno Podalydès ...
Auguste Lumière
Fernando Echevarría ...
Monsieur Delmont
Phénix Brossard ...
Eugène (jeune homme)
Luc Antoni ...
Le père
Achille Potier ...
L'enfant
Anne-Lise Kedvès ...
Cliente
Isabelle Mazin ...
L'épicière
Jean-Gilles Barbier ...
Joueur âgé
Pierre Alloggia ...
Guide
Jean-Pol Brissart ...
Professeur Lannelongue
Luis Francisco Cruz ...
Le père de Rafael
Linnett Hernandez Valdes ...
La mère de Rafael
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Le travesti
Marie-Pierre Bellefleur ...
La voisine
Vincent Nemeth ...
Journaliste 4
Jeremy Alberti ...
Journaliste 3
Yvonnick Muller ...
Journaliste 2
Claire Morin ...
Femme journaliste
Serge Massot ...
Manetti
Félix Kysyl ...
Vendeur à la criée
Thierry Nenez ...
Hôtelier
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Gustave
Marina Pastor ...
L'assistante du théâtre
Raphael Caduc ...
Eugène (14 ans)
Anna Caduc ...
Suzanne (12 ans)
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Enfant séquence 5 (as Lilly-Rose Debos)
Stéphane Varupenne ...
Lodovico (as Stéphane Varupenne de la Comédie Française)
Cyprien Craipeau ...
Enfant malade
Anthony Ursin ...
L'enfant à la sortie des artistes
Michel Amsellem ...
Pianiste
Mike Ghavanloo ...
Joey, l'avaleur de sabres
Guy Arbion ...
Musicien
Bruno Le Bris ...
Musicien
Floréal Lucas ...
Musicien
Philippe Henry ...
Musicien
Didier Bidal ...
Musicien
Bruno Mattio ...
Musicien
Cédric Barbier ...
Musicien
Yohann Le Cornu ...
Musicien
Jean-Luc Bourdon ...
Musicien
Philippe Deschamps ...
Musicien
Philippe Ego ...
Musicien
Régis Moreau ...
Musicien
Christophe Bonifacino ...
Musicien
Fabrice Tissier ...
Musicien
Donald Balestier ...
Musicien
André-Marie Mazure ...
Musicien
Christophe Allemand ...
Musicien
Laurent Leseneschal ...
Musicien
Pascal Hamard ...
Musicien
Olivier Ivaldi ...
Musicien
Xavier Guérin ...
Musicien
Mathieu Faivre ...
Musicien
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Agathe Anquez
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Employé du Théâtre (as Alois Menu Bernadet)
Rafaël de Ferran
Geoffroy De La Taille
Roman Kossowski ...
Un joueur de 'mise'
Blandine Laignel
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Émilia
Romain Ogerau
David Benhamou ...
A spectator in the theatre (uncredited)
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Un aristocrate (uncredited)
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Esmeralda (uncredited) (voice)
Alexia Giordano ...
Une fille de joie (uncredited)
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Une fille de joie (uncredited)

Directed by

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Roschdy Zem

Written by

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Cyril Gely ... (screenplay)
 
Olivier Gorce ... (adaptation)
 
Gérard Noiriel ... (adaptation)
 
Roschdy Zem ... (adaptation)

Produced by

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Eric Altmayer ... producer
Nicolas Altmayer ... producer

Music by

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Gabriel Yared

Cinematography by

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Thomas Letellier

Film Editing by

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Monica Coleman

Editorial Department

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Richard Deusy ... colorist
Tom Folie ... assistant editor
Emmanuel Fortin ... colorist: dailies
Charles Fréville ... colorist: film dailies
Guillaume Guerry ... additional assistant editor
Hussam Korkut ... assistant color grading / conform editor
Rémi Nonne ... colorist: dailies
Julien Souchet ... post production supervisor
Sophie Spicq ... post-production assistant

Casting By

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David Bertrand
Marie-France Michel

Production Design by

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Jérémy Duchier ... (as Jérémie D. Lignol)

Set Decoration by

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Agnes Demaegot

Costume Design by

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Pascaline Chavanne

Makeup Department

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Véronique Boslé ... hair stylist (as Veronique Bosle)
Julio Parodi ... hair stylist
Vesna Peborde ... makeup artist
Kay Philips ... hair department head / hair stylist / key hair stylist
Vichika Yorn ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Mélanie Chambras ... assistant production manager
Alexia Cipriani ... trainee assistant manager
Florent Cocátre ... unit production manager
Patricia Colombat ... post-production manager
Sébastien Didelot ... assistant unit production manager
Louis Duru ... assistant unit manager
Thomas Déchery ... trainee unit manager
Mathilda Gesson ... assistant unit manager
Darrell Lee Hall ... production secretary
Daniel Henriot ... trainee assistant production manager
Baptiste Jourdan ... assistant unit manager
Claire Le Saint ... assistant unit manager
Pascal Roussel ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Lola Berteloot ... crowd assistant director
Marie d'Hallivillée ... third assistant director
Alexia de Khovrine ... second second assistant director
Elisabeth Lecaye ... location scout / third assistant director
Nicolas Rebeschini ... assistant director
Julie Richard ... second assistant director
Olivier Sagne ... third assistant director
Mathieu Schiffman ... first assistant director
Sylvain Yonnet Liberty ... additional assistant director
Marie Zoubian ... additional third assistant director

Art Department

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Ariane Audouard ... set dresser
Lionel Callari ... property master
Gilles Chadrand ... carpenter
Tom Cucuel ... assistant property master
Vincent Deslandes ... painter
Nicolas Destrac ... art department assistant
Fabien Georges ... painter
Maite Goblet ... assistant art director
Bertrand Hée ... assistant art director
Prune Lacroix ... assistant set dresser
Gaël Langlais ... swing gang
Véronique Lorne ... assistant art director
Thibaut Peschard ... construction buyer
Jean Noel Péché ... art department
Luc Roué ... assistant decorator
Benjamin Stierle ... signs painter
Maryse Witte ... graphic designer
Cédric Zakrzewski ... swing gang

Sound Department

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Raphaël Devillers ... sound mix technician
Dominique Eyraud ... assistant sound
Matthieu Fichet ... assistant sound editor / dialogue editor
Antoine Gervais ... sound mix technician
Vincent Guillon ... supervising sound editor
Dimitri Haulet ... sound engineer
Vincent Milner ... foley artist
Florian Penot ... assistant foley artist
Pierre Picq ... boom operator
Victor Praud ... re-recording mixer (assistant)
Brigitte Taillandier ... sound engineer
Stéphane Thiébaut ... re-recording mixer (as Stéphane Thibault) / re-recording mixer

Special Effects by

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Cyrille Bonjean ... additionnal vfx supervisor on set
Georges Demétrau ... special effects supervisor
Max Garnier ... special effects coordinator
Charles-Axel Vollard ... senior special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Romain Bavent ... lighting and compositing artist
Étienne Bolo ... digital compositor
Lucie Bories ... digital compositor
Laurent Brett ... split screens designer / title designer
Thibault Chartier ... digital compositor
Jeremie Costard ... roto artist
Christophe Courgeau ... head of cg environment
Sophie Denize ... visual effects producer
Simon Descamps ... visual effects coordinator: Mikros Image
Michael Etienne ... crowds technical lead
Randy Gudin ... visual effects
Eloïse Guigno ... visual effects coordinator
Yohann Hays ... digital compositor
Damien Hurgon ... compositing supervisor
Christophe Laya ... visual effects artist
Manon Le Bas ... vfx project manager
Sergeï Lourié ... senior compositor
Florian Meyer ... crowd td
Hugues Namur ... visual effects supervisor
Stéphane Richez ... senior matchmove artist: M4VFX
Téo Saintier ... visual effects artist
Florian Sanchez ... roto prep artist
Jeremy Tosseghini ... art director
Luciano Vittori Jr. ... title designer

Stunts

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Yves Barta ... stunt performer
Serge Crozon-Cazin ... stunt double: Omar Sy (as Serge Crozon)
Pascal Guégan ... stunt performer
Philippe Guégan ... stunt coordinator
Thierry Saelens ... stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Brice Bailly ... electrician
Camille Bonin ... grip
Cyril Bossard ... electrician
François Comparot ... key grip
Pierre-Loup Corvez ... grip
Laurent Coudoux ... lighting balloon technician
Augustin De Vaumas ... extra grip
Adrien Guillaume ... second assistant camera
David Padilla ... grip
Tarik Rebeihi ... camera
Laurent Robert ... gaffer
Gaëlle Tanguy ... second assistant camera: daily
Rausch Théophile ... dit
Julian Torres ... still photographer and movie poster
Renato Vicini ... electrician

Animation Department

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Katarina Djordjevic ... special visual effects

Casting Department

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Winifrey Bandera-Guzman ... extras casting assistant
Liv Charpentier ... extras casting
Julie Duhayot ... casting coordinator
Loïc Maldonado ... extras casting assistant
Pauline Pécheux ... extras casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Catherine Boisgontier ... costume supervisor
Valérie Le Hello ... wardrobe
Oriol Nogues ... costumer
Delphine Perraud ... wardrobe
Fanny Rappange ... costumer
Perrine Ritter ... assistant costume designer: trainee

Music Department

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Jean-Pierre Arquié ... score producer
Jeff Atmajian ... conductor / orchestrator
Mark Berrow ... musician: violin
Rachel Bolt ... viola
Quentin Boniface ... head of music
Thomas Bowes ... orchestral leader
Nicholas Bucknall ... musician: clarinet
Isobel Griffiths ... orchestral contractor
Jim Honeyman ... orchestrator
Oliver Howlett ... assistant to composer / music programmer
Varda Kakon ... music supervisor
David Menke ... assistant to composer / music editor / score editor
Tim Perrine ... additional orchestrations
James Thierrée ... musician: violonist
Kirsty Whalley ... music mixed by
Nick Wollage ... score engineer

Other crew

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Carles Berot ... trailer and versions producer: advertising and promotions
Lou Blum dit Barret ... press attaché
Sandrine Bourgoin ... script supervisor
Mélanie Chambras ... production coordinator
Clemence Guillon ... assistant production accountant
Marie Guillon ... administratrice de production
Lucie Mallet ... assistant script supervisor
Fanny Marty ... making-of
Michèle Sebbag ... press attaché
James Thierrée ... coordinator: clown acts

Thanks

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Hélène Sy ... thanks
Nick Wollage ... thanks

Production Companies

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The life story of Rafael Padilla, a former slave in Cuba, who unexpectedly became a star clown in the Paris of the Belle Epoque. Discovered in a small country circus in the North of France by George Footit, a British clown and acrobat, he formed a successful duo with him, 'Footit and Chocolat'. For two decades, and despite conflicts between the two artists, Footit as the authoritarian white clown and Chocolat as the Auguste Black drudge filled crowds with enthusiasm. But nothing lasts forever and the glory of Chocolat, despite his high ambitions, started to decline until his premature death in 1917. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Taglines The true story of the first black artist. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Monsieur Chocolat (Germany)
  • Monsieur Chocolat (Spain)
  • Chocolate (Brazil)
  • Monsieur Chocolat (Sweden)
  • Μεσιέ Σοκολά (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 119 min
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Budget $18,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia James Thierree is the grandson of Charlie Chaplin See more »
Quotes Rafael Padilla dit Chocolat: We don't play dice in Africa... We play with the bones of whites!
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