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French Cancan (1955)

Original Title : French Cancan
Director : Jean Renoir
Writer : Jean Renoir
Jean Renoir
André-Paul Antoine
Genre : Comedy
Musical/Drama/Romance
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Louis Wipf
Music : Georges Van Parys
Georges Van Parys
Photography : Michel Kelber
Distributor : Franco-London Film
IMDB ID : 0046998
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French Cancan (1955) - Jean Renoir
 

Starring

Jean Gabin Henri Danglard
Françoise Arnoul Nini
María Félix Lola de Castro 'La Belle Abbesse'
Anna Amendola Arlette Vibert
Jean-Roger Caussimon Baron Walter
Dora Doll La Genisse
Giani Esposito Prince Alexandre
Gaston Gabaroche Oscar, le pianiste
Jacques Jouanneau Bidon
Jean Parédès Coudrier
Franco Pastorino Paulo, le boulanger
Michèle Philippe Eleonore
Michel Piccoli Captain Valorgueil
Albert Rémy Barjolin
France Roche Beatrix
Jean-Marc Tennberg Savate
Valentine Tessier Mme Olympe, mère de Nini
Philippe Clay Casimir le Serpentin
Édith Piaf Eugénie Buffet
Patachou Yvette Guilbert
Cora Vaucaire Esther Georges (voice
André Claveau Paul Delmet
Mario Juillard Bruno Balpe (voice
Jean Raymond Paulus
Geneviève Bujold (unconfirmed
Martine Alexis Bit Part (uncredited
Claude Arnay Deuxième gommeux (uncredited
Robert Auboyneau Le liftier (uncredited
Bruno Balp Bit Part (uncredited
Maurice Barnay Extra (uncredited
Laurence Bataille La Pygmée (uncredited
Claude Berri Un jeune homme à l'inauguration (uncredited
Dorothée Blank Bit Part (uncredited
Léo Campion Le commandant (uncredited
Jaque Catelain Le ministre (uncredited
René-Jean Chauffard L'inspecteur de police (uncredited
Jacques Ciron Premier gommeux (uncredited
Max Dalban Patron de 'La Reine Blanche' (uncredited
Sylvine Delannoy Titine (uncredited
Hubert Deschamps Isidore, le garçon de café (uncredited
Valentino Garavani Extra (uncredited
Henri-Roland Hercé Bit Part (uncredited
Jacques Hilling Le chirurgien (uncredited
Corinne Jansen Bit Part (uncredited
Jedlinska La Gigolette (uncredited
Lydia Johnson Mme. Guibolle (uncredited
François Joux Le secrétaire (uncredited
Maïa Jusanova Bit Part (uncredited
Ursula Kubler Une danseuse de 'La Reine Blanche' (uncredited
Palmyre Levasseur Une blanchisseuse (uncredited
Jacques Marin Un spectateur (uncredited
Paul Mercey Un homme à l'inauguration (uncredited
Anne-Marie Mersen Paquita (uncredited
Gaston Modot Le valet de Danglard (uncredited
Pierre Moncorbier L'huissier (uncredited
Annik Morice Thérèse, blanchisseuse (uncredited
Jean Mortier Le gérant de l'hôtel (uncredited
Michèle Nadal Bigoudi (uncredited
André Numès Fils Le voisin (uncredited
Pierre Olaf Roberto, pierrot siffleur (uncredited
Pâquerette Mimi Prunelle (uncredited
René Pascal Bit Part (uncredited
André Philip Bit Part (uncredited
Jean Sylvère Le groom (uncredited
Rosy Varte Habituée du café (uncredited
 

Plot

Henri Danglard, proprietor of the fashionable (but bankrupt) cafe 'Le Paravent Chinois' featuring his mistress, belly dancer Lola, goes slumming in Montmarte (circa 1890) where the then-old-fashioned cancan is still danced. There, he conceives the idea of reviving the cancan as the feature of a new, more popular establishment...and meets Nini, a laundress and natural dancer, whom he hopes to star in his new show. But a tangled maze of jealousies intervenes...
 

Comments

A Hollywood musical from France, 8 July 2001 Author: psteier from New York Like classic Hollywood musicals, the plot is just an excuse. A must see for those interested in French music hall (including a song by É,dith Piaf) and for the wonderful 10 plus minute cancan finale. The dancing in the film is not at all like what usually passes for cancan.Some might object to the Technicolor costumes and the bright lighting, but it gives you a clear view of some grand costumes and sets.Consider it Jean Renoir's love letter to the Paris he grew up in. Certainly the Jean Renoir film for people who don't like his serious films or who only like his Hollywood productions.
 
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