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Oftentimes nostalgic and extremely charming, French Cancan is a breathtaking homage to Moulin Rouge. Read critic reviews

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Hoping to keep his financially unstable cafe in business, Henri (Jean Gabin) takes a trip to Monmartre, where he witnesses local dancers performing the can-can, a provocative dance that has fallen out of favor in the rest of France. Next, he discovers the beautiful Nina (Françoise Arnoul), and decides to bring both her and the can-can back to his cafe. While Nina and the dance cause a sensation, Lola (María Félix), the former star of Henri's establishment, sets out to sabotage the new girl.

Cast & Crew

Jean Gabin
Henri Danglard
María Félix
Lola de Castro 'La Belle Abbesse'
Anna Amendola
Esther Georges
Dora Doll
La Génisse
Giani Esposito
Prince Alexandre
Andre-Paul Antoine
Writer
Georges Van Parys
Original Music
Michel Kelber
Cinematographer
Borys Lewin
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Critic Reviews for French Cancan

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Audience Reviews for French Cancan

  • 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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