French Cancan


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.


Jean Gabin
as Danglard
María Félix
as La Belle Abesse
Edith Piaf
as Eugenie Buffet
Annick Morice
as Therese, blanchisseuse
Michel Piccoli
as Valorgueil
Max Dalban
as Manager of The Reine Blanche
Hubert Deschamps
as Isidore the Waiter
Franco Pastorino
as Paulo the Baker
Valentine Tessier
as Mme. Olympe, Nini's Mother
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 Attendant
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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  • Sep 29, 2012
    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 D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2012
    Renoir's tale of the introduction of the cancan to Paris is a charming tale with charming actors in a memorable tale.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2011
    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 C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2010
    [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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