French Cancan (Only the French Can) (1956)
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Beautifully photographed, this comedy drama from Jean Renoir chronicles the revival of Paris' most notorious dance as it tells the story of a theater producer who turns a humble washerwoman into a star at the Moulin Rouge. The film is also title Only the French Can. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Apr 16, 1956 Wide
Aug 3, 2004
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La Belle Abesse
Roberto pierrot siff...
Paulo le boulanger
Mme. Olympe Nini's M...
Le patron de la Rein...
Isidore garcon de ca...
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M. Renoir's affectionate picture hasn't quite the class of Huston's Moulin Rouge. But it makes for diverting entertainment as sheer sentimental spectacle.
The climactic cancan scene is one of the finest dance sequences ever filmed, and worth the price of a ticket on its own.
This 1955 Technicolor musical is the easiest to like of Jean Renoir's late films, full of color, movement, and romance.
Nostalgic studio-bound Hollywood-like splashy pic about the beginnings of the Moulin Rouge.
Begins with an extended and breathtaking evocation of the Moulin Rouge at its most ravishing, one of the cinema's greatest sequences.
It is unashamedly nostalgic and somewhat meandering but chock full of colour and affection for its characters.
The glorious final sequence, in which the cancan is finally unveiled to the rowdy audience, is some kind of masterpiece, perhaps the equal of anything Renoir ever achieved: wild, free, turbulent, exhilarating.
[It] was not the cinema event it promised to be. Yet there is still much to treasure in this exuberant tribute to the Moulin Rouge.
If the film lacks the social bite of Renoir's pre-war work, it's still a rich celebration of life and the director's own birthplace.
French Cancan vibrantly brings to life the dawning days of the Moulin Rouge, complete with high-kicking choristers flaunting their frills.
...the fin de siecle Paris of our imagination, or of Auguste Renoir's paintings. Renoir's finale blends exhilarating showmanship and a carriageload of characters reconciled, their intrigues and follies stepping aside for 'the show must go on.'
In wonderful color
This is lighter than usual fare for Renoir, but his usual gracefulness is ever-present and he adds a distinct human center to the color and dazzle.
It's a true spectacle; Renoir suggests that, potentially, for those involved in theater, all of life is.
The birth of the Moulin Rouge lights up the screen in Jean Renoir's breathtaking, colourful vision of a bygone Paris.
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