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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
¬Fran√oise Arnoul Nini
¬Mar√≠a F√©lix 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 Par√©d√®s Coudrier
¬Franco Pastorino Paulo, le boulanger
¬Mich√®le Philippe Eleonore
¬Michel Piccoli Captain Valorgueil
¬Albert R√©my Barjolin
¬France Roche Beatrix
¬Jean-Marc Tennberg Savate
¬Valentine Tessier Mme Olympe, m√®re de Nini
¬Philippe Clay Casimir le Serpentin
¬√Čdith Piaf Eug√©nie Buffet
¬Patachou Yvette Guilbert
¬Cora Vaucaire Esther Georges (voice
¬Andr√© Claveau Paul Delmet
¬Mario Juillard Bruno Balpe (voice
¬Jean Raymond Paulus
¬Genevi√®ve Bujold (unconfirmed
¬Martine Alexis Bit Part (uncredited
¬Claude Arnay Deuxi√®me gommeux (uncredited
¬Robert Auboyneau Le liftier (uncredited
¬Bruno Balp Bit Part (uncredited
¬Maurice Barnay Extra (uncredited
¬Laurence Bataille La Pygm√©e (uncredited
¬Claude Berri Un jeune homme √† l'inauguration (uncredited
¬Doroth√©e Blank Bit Part (uncredited
¬L√©o Campion Le commandant (uncredited
¬Jaque Catelain Le ministre (uncredited
¬Ren√©-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 gar√ßon de caf√© (uncredited
¬Valentino Garavani Extra (uncredited
¬Henri-Roland Herc√© Bit Part (uncredited
¬Jacques Hilling Le chirurgien (uncredited
¬Corinne Jansen Bit Part (uncredited
¬Jedlinska La Gigolette (uncredited
¬Lydia Johnson Mme. Guibolle (uncredited
¬Fran√ois Joux Le secr√©taire (uncredited
¬Ma√Įa 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 √† l'inauguration (uncredited
¬Anne-Marie Mersen Paquita (uncredited
¬Gaston Modot Le valet de Danglard (uncredited
¬Pierre Moncorbier L'huissier (uncredited
¬Annik Morice Th√©r√®se, blanchisseuse (uncredited
¬Jean Mortier Le g√©rant de l'h√ītel (uncredited
¬Mich√®le Nadal Bigoudi (uncredited
¬Andr√© Num√®s Fils Le voisin (uncredited
¬Pierre Olaf Roberto, pierrot siffleur (uncredited
¬P√Ęquerette Mimi Prunelle (uncredited
¬Ren√© Pascal Bit Part (uncredited
¬Andr√© Philip Bit Part (uncredited
¬Jean Sylv√®re Le groom (uncredited
¬Rosy Varte Habitu√©e du caf√© (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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