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French Cancan

French Cancan

A Feature film by Jean Renoir

Produced by Franco-London Films

Release in France : 29/04/1955


    Henri Danglard, proprietor of the fashionable (but bankrupt) cafe 'Le Paravent Chinois' featuring his mistress, belly dancer Lola, goes slumming in Montmartre (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...

    Source : IMDb



    French Cancan

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    Actors (54)

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    Franco-London Films

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    Jolly Film

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    Critical reception

    François Truffaut reviewed the film in Arts magazine in May 1955 and called the film a milestone in the history of colour of cinema. "Every scene is a cartoon in movement [-] Madame Guibole's dance class reminds us of a Degas sketch." Whilst Truffaut did not consider it as important a film as Rules of the Game or The Golden Coach he nevertheless praised it as an example of Renoir "as vigorous and youthful as ever." This affirmative response was not shared by Bernard Chardère however, writing in Positif , who criticised the music, the sets, even the final cancan scene. "The phoniness of the rue Lepic, with its vegetable carts and piles of artificial stones is painful to look at. The actors act. The audience gets bored. The dance rehearsals are Degas all right, but the kind that appears on Post Office calendars."

    Source : Wikipedia

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    Full credits (12)

    Assistant Director :

    Pierre Kast

    Original idea :

    André-Paul Antoine

    Director of Photography :

    Michel Kelber

    Editor :

    Boris Lewin

    Production Designer :

    Jean André

    Production Designer :

    Max Douy

    Producers :

    Louis Wipf, Henry Deutschmeister

    Screenwriter :

    Jean Renoir

    Sound Recordist :

    Antoine Petitjean

    Continuity supervisor :

    Ginette Courtois

    Music Composer :

    Georges Van Parys

    Costume designer :

    Rosine Delamare

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Dance, Femininity, Love

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    France, Italy

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    Majority French (France, Italy)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 47 min

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