A film by Jean Renoir
The legendary Jean Gabin plays Danglard, mentor to, and lover of, the stage stars of 1890s Paris. When he discovers a naïve young laundress (Francoise Arnoul) dancing in a nightclub he is inspired by her talent to revive the forgotten cancan in a show that the whole of Paris, rich and poor, will never forget.
Based on the true story of Moulin Rouge founder Charles Zidler, Jean Renoir's exuberant tale of an impresario s commitment to his art is a masterpiece of Technicolor brilliance, which features luminaries of the 1950s Parisian café-concert scene, Edith Piaf and Patachou, as period artistes.
- Brand new restoration presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
- The show must go on! The joys of life by Jean Renoir (2010, 57 mins): documentary on the making of French Cancan
- French Cancan restored (2010, 5 mins): a look at the technical work which went into the restoraton
- Fully illustrated booklet with essay, biography and review
France, Italy | 1954 | colour | French language with optional English subtitles | 104 mins | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1
Disc 1: BD50| 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)
Region 2 PAL DVD
Region B Blu-ray
A vibrant cascade of color, energy and sheer elegance --Variety