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French Cancan

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Genre  Comedy, Musical, Drama
Country  France Italy
7.6/10 IMDb

Director  Jean Renoir
Editor  Borys Lewin
Language  French
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Writer  Jean Renoir, Andre-Paul Antoine
Release date  27 April 1954
Film series  Stage and Spectacle Series
Cast  Jean Gabin (Henri Danglard), Françoise Arnoul (Nini), Anna Amendola (Esther Georges), Jean-Roger Caussimon (Baron Walter), Dora Doll (La Génisse), Giani Esposito (Prince Alexandre)
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French cancan

French Cancan is a 1955 French musical film written and directed by Jean Renoir and starring Jean Gabin and Francoise Arnoul. Where Renoir’s previous film Le Carosse d’or had celebrated the 18th-century Italian commedia dell’arte, this work is a homage to the Parisian café-concert of the 19th century with its popular singers and dancers. Visually, the film evokes the paintings of Edgar Degas and the Impressionists, including his own father, Pierre-Auguste Renoir. It also marked his return to France and to French cinema after an exile that began in 1940.


French Cancan movie scenes

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French Cancan movie scenes

Set in 1890s Paris, Henri Danglard is the owner of a cafe, which features his mistress, Lola, as a belly dancer. Losing money, Henri finds himself in Montmartre and finds that the old-fashioned can-can is still being performed there. Inspired, Henri comes up with a new business scheme that aims to revive the can-can, featuring a new dancer, Nini, a laundress he meets by chance.


French Cancan movie scenes
  • Jean Gabin as Henri Danglard
  • Françoise Arnoul as Nini
  • María Félix as Lola
  • Anna Amendola – Esther Georges
  • Jean-Roger Caussimon – Baron Walter
  • Dora Doll – La Génisse
  • Giani Esposito – Prince Alexandre
  • Gaston Gabaroche – Oscar, le pianiste
  • Jacques Jouanneau – Bidon
  • Jean Parédès – Coudrier
  • Franco Pastorino – Paulo, le boulanger
  • Michèle Philippe – Eleonore
  • Michel Piccoli – Le Capitaine Valorgueil
  • Albert Rémy – Barjolin
  • Philippe Clay as Casimir le Serpentin
  • Édith Piaf as Eugénie Buffet
  • Critical reception

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    François Truffaut reviewed the film in Arts magazine in May 1955 and called it 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."

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    The film received the Grand Prix de l'Academie du Cinéma in 1956. Roger Ebert added French Cancan to his "Great Movies" list in 2012.

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