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The Gods Must Be Dancing

The Gods Must Be Dancing

A Feature film by Michel Deville

Produced by Éléfilm

Release in France : 30/04/1997


    In life, everyone runs all the time : to take the lift to the top floor (delivery men), the fire-escape (the thieves), the motorway, the next plane, the next man's seat, the next man's wife. Everyone runs to get somewhere and to be in the race. Because everybody is looking for something : a taxi, a parking place, a job, a bar, a swindle, an escape, a little sushine, money, trouble, ideas, God or "gods". And sometimes, someone happens to find everything that he's looking for.

    Actors (38)

    Production and distribution (4)

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    STUDIOCANAL, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma

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    "I don't know what I can do or not to do. I think I change genres with each film yet I can also say that I've never made anything but comedies. I love comedy. I was surprised to surprise people when I suggested adapting Donald Westlake's novel, a crazy novel that imperturbably and obstinately piles up unlikely encounters and twists of fate. I know what the novel made me want to film : a car chase on a motorway at a very slow speed; endless car accidents caused by bad drivers; characters seen from above by a hawk as they fight over a totally inedible object; dogs that topple men like skittles; a man who runs after a woman, him on foot and her in a car; a pretty woman pushing a harp case through the streets; a woman locking her lover who isn't really her lover in a closet; a man, who hopes to become a woman's lover, locking her husband up in a closet, and so one closet leads an other; men and women who decide to start a new life at 13:59; heroes who triumph but not in the way they imagined.." (Michel Deville)

    Full credits (14)

    Executive Producer :

    Rosalinde Deville

    Author of original work :

    Donald E. Westlake

    Sound recordists :

    Jean Minondo, François Groult

    Press Attaché (film) :

    François Hassan Guerrar

    Sound editor :

    Reine Wekstein

    Music Composer :

    Quentin Damamme

    Sound Mixer :

    Bruno Tarrière

    Adaptation :

    Michel Deville, Rosalinde Deville

    Director of Photography :

    André Diot

    Production manager :

    Edith Colnel

    Editor :

    Raymonde Guyot

    Production Designer :

    Thierry Leproust

    Costume designer :

    Cécile Balme

    Still Photographer :

    Michel Deville

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    Feature film

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    Comedy, Crime/thriller

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 42 min

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    Dolby stereo