GREAT CLASSIC MOVIES / LES GRANDS CLASSIQUES
- Tuesday 5 January - 6:30 pm - Conference Hall
FRENCH CANCAN by Jean Renoir
France - 1954 - 1h37min - Comédie dramatique, Drame, English subtitles
with Jean Gabin, Michel Piccoli, María Félix, Françoise Arnoul, Valentine Tessier, Gaston Modot, Jean-Roger Caussimon, Hubert Deschamps, Jean Parédès, Annick Morice, Dora Doll
With the support of IFCinéma - Institut français
Henri Danglard (Jean Gabin), proprietor of the fashionable (but bankrupt) cafe ’Le Paravent Chinois’ featuring his mistress, belly dancer Lola, goes slumming in Montmarte (circa 1890) where the then-old-fashioned cancan is still danced. There, he conceives the idea of reviving the cancan as the feature of a new, more popular establishment...and meets Nini, a laundress and natural dancer, whom he hopes to star in his new show. But a tangled maze of jealousies intervenes...
French Cancan is a 1954 French musical film written and directed by Jean Renoir and starring Jean Gabin and María Félix. Where Renoir’s previous film Le Carosse d’or had celebrated the 18th-century Italian commedia dell’arte, this work is an homage to the Parisian café-concert of the 19th century with its popular singers and dancers.