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French Cancan (1956)

French Cancan (1956)

French Cancan




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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jean Renoir
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 3, 2004
Criterion Collection


Jean Gabin
as Danglard
María Félix
as La Belle Abesse
Edith Piaf
as Eugenie Buffet
Gianni Esposito
as Prince Alexandre
Annick Morice
as Therese, blanchisseu...
Michel Piccoli
as Valorgueil
Max Dalban
as Manager of The Reine...
Hubert Deschamps
as Isidore the Waiter
Franco Pastorino
as Paulo the Baker
Valentine Tessier
as Mme. Olympe, Nini's ...
Albert Remy
as Barjolin
Annik Morice
as Therese
Dora Doll
as Le Genisse
Leo Campion
as The Commandant
Mme. Paquerette
as Mimi Prunelle
Gaston Gabaroche
as Oscar the Pianist
Jaque Catelain
as The Minister
Pierre Moncorbier
as The Bailiff
Jean Mortier
as The Hotel Manager
Andre Numes Fils
as The Neighbor
Robert Auboyneau
as The Elevator Attenda...
Pierre Olaf
as Pierrot, The Heckler
Jacques Ciron
as 1st Dandy
Claude Arnay
as 2nd Dandy
France Roche
as Beatrix
R.J. Chauffard
as Police Inspector
Gaston Modot
as Danglard's Servant
Jacques Hilling
as The Surgeon
as Yvette Guilbert
André Claveau
as Paul Delmet
as La Gigolette
Jean Sylvere
as The Groom
Palmyre Levasseur
as The Laundry Woman
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Critic Reviews for French Cancan

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The climactic cancan scene is one of the finest dance sequences ever filmed, and worth the price of a ticket on its own.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This 1955 Technicolor musical is the easiest to like of Jean Renoir's late films, full of color, movement, and romance.

Full Review… | May 7, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 8, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Nostalgic studio-bound Hollywood-like splashy pic about the beginnings of the Moulin Rouge.

Full Review… | November 2, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A simple story told with abundant charm.

Full Review… | August 7, 2011
Daily Express

Audience Reviews for French Cancan

this is lots of fun and better than huston's 'moulin rouge' imo. how wonderful to see the fierce maria felix in such a high profile role outside of mexico. it's a little unbelievable that the aging jean gabin still gets all the girls. and he didn't need to be such a bastard about it either

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

It was quite seductive to watch this colourful concoction projected on the cinema screen in a beautifully restored print. It has the fluff and exuberance of an MGM musical standing on the legs of the usual Renoir social commentary and his view on the bourgeois and the world of the arts. This is supported by the fact that a fairly banal love story is followed by an incredibly exhilarating cancan final sequence: after all, why should we be so concerned with things so mundane such as romantic entanglements when dancing brings you so much more joie de vivre?

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]"French Can-Can" takes place in 19th century Paris where famed impresario Henri Danglard(Jean Gabin), who has always had a knack for spotting talent in ordinary people, is facing bankruptcy but has an ambitous idea to bring back the Can-Can to a new nightclub he is planning to open in Montmartre, the Moulin Rouge. To headline, he has recruited a laundress, Nini(Francoise Arnoul), to be his star dancer, even if her boyfriend, Paulo(Franco Pastorino), is less than thrilled and even a little jealous.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"French Can-Can" is a fun, enjoyable and beautiful movie about the complications and business of entertainment that ends with a great show stopper. It also has quite a bit to say about class relations of the time period, especially about the mixing of the upper and lower classes. Jean Gabin has charm to spare. But I feel like I needed a scorecard to keep track of all of the romantic entanglements.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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