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French Cancan [Chinese Import]


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  • Actors: Jean Gabin, Françoise Arnoul, María Félix, Anna Amendola, Jean-Roger Caussimon
  • Directors: Jean Renoir
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 7885880761
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,501 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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ALL REGION DVD - CHINESE IMPORT - NTSC - FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
Simply a delight! But I guess you may want me to elaborate a little on that? This is a superb restoration that brings out the vibrant colours of Jean Renoir's 1955 vision of the Moulin Rouge. These are the sort of colours that his famous artist father Auguste Renoir would have identified with in his own glorious work. I loved John Huston's wonderful film "Moulin Rouge" about the life of the artist Toulouse Lautrec which also used colour to such powerful effect. I despised Baz Luhrman's ludicrous recent film of the same name, with an insipid Nicole Kidman and a ridiculous Ewan McGregor, who both looked like they had been on something any self respecting hippy would avoid. This film is definitely up there with Huston's film.

The movie was restored in France from film held by the BFI. The original French theatrical release was 20 minutes longer than the American version, who sanitised much for their home consumption. For instance a scene where a prostitute is ushered out of a bar by the owner is now reinstated. The film now, and quite rightly has a more daring Gallic flavour. Theatre impresario Jean Gabin is an unashamed philanderer with an eye for the younger woman. He is usually verging on bankruptcy and is on first name terms with the bailiffs. But he still has style, and a vision, which is lots of pretty girls dancing the cancan in the yet to be built Moulin Rouge. This fictional account is very lighthearted with lots of back stage shennanigans. Gabin turns washerwoman Francois Arnoul into a star attraction, and also aquires her as his mistress, thus infuriating old flame Lola 'La Belle Abbesse' played by a scene stealing Maria Felix. We head to one of films great dance routines in the newly opened Moulin Rouge. The main event being of course the cancan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Nov 2012
Format: DVD
Jean Renoir's first film in France since La Regle du Jeu had been met with almost unanimous hostility by critics and public alike 16 years earlier, French Cancan was a very deliberate attempt to reconnect with a French audience with a populist subject matter. As added security he cast Jean Gabin in the lead, though the results fall a long way short of their previous pre-war collaborations. Based loosely on the creation of the Moulin Rouge nightclub in Paris, offering `the illusion of the high life for modest purses,' and the romantic entanglements of financially insecure and terminally unfaithful impresario Jean Gabin and his latest discovery Francois Arnaul, who is pursued by a prince and a baker's boy but really wants Gabin, it's the sort of soufflé that should be a lot of fun. That it never really fulfils that promise isn't for want of trying: Renoir recreates la Belle Epoque with the kind of colours his father would have used and fills the supporting cast with colourful characters from all stratas of French society (a very young Michel Piccoli among them), and even casts veteran performers who graced the real Moulin Rouge like Edith Piaf, Patachou, Andre Claveau and Jean Raymond in cameos, but the script doesn't really do much with the material or the characters.

At times it's hard to escape the feeling that Renoir wasn't really the right director for the film - while not exactly heavy-handed, doesn't seem to have the lightness of touch this sort of thing needs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KT on 15 Dec 2012
Format: VHS Tape
I watched this years ago when it was on TV in the afternoon. It was fantastic and I have several scenes etched on my brain. Have been looking for it for years and couldn't remember the title. Thought this sounded like the same film and hurray, it was! (I love Toulouse-Lautrec's posters for the Moulin Rounge and several scenes in the film and characters greatly resemble this style of art.) Jean Renoir's 'French Cancan' is very vibrant film full of energy, passion and enthusiasm with a great plot and a stunning finale! (Everything Baz Luhrmann's 'Moulin Rouge!' wasn't.) I wanted this on DVD, but was happy to finally watch it again on an old video tape. I'm now hoping for a Jean Renoir revival and a Blu-ray issuing of his masterful fims!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I have very fond memories of this film. It has it all: musical pieces, very romantic love story, showbiz intrigues and overall Jean Gabin.
So OK I had some kind of a crush on Jean Gabin as a kid, but truth is it is one of his best role. Far from the stereotype he got trapped into at the end of his carrier: he is warm, charming and brings humanity to the film.
As for the dancing bits, well you really have to watch the film for an accurate description: the finale hasn't been matched yet.
If you love musicals and French cinema - then add this masterpiece to you collection now!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher R. Cherry on 3 Jan 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Brilliant in conception and colour, wow, check it out and see if you can find fault! Made me want to rush out and get the biggest television I could buy so I could wallow in the visual pleasures.
And hey, not just good to look at!
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