French Cancan' DVD, Jean Renoir (1954), New & Sealed
It's the story of how Henri Danglard built and launched the Moulin Rouge nightclub; we see the workmen blasting at the site to get construction underway, and the training of the dancers. Finally, the giddiness of opening night and the long sequence of cancan dancing. Financial problems and the ego displays of the performers are described.
Gabin is in great form as the easy-going Danglard--see him deal humorously with Nini's violent boyfriend. Gianni Esposito is moving as the wistful Prince who is courting Nini. Maria Felix, with that amazon's body, is imposing as the egotistical Lola, Danglard's first lover. Finally Françoise Arnoul as Nini the washing girl who ends up dancing for Danglard, and becoming his girl, is just stunning; her loveliness and pert charm will win you over.
It's an excellent film. There's color, there's humor, there's music. It's a very good portrait of the so called Belle Époque, though Jean Renoir's priorities were always to show a creation, a fantasie. So the film isn't a historical movie. The final sequences in which the girls dance cancan are unforgettable images. It's a film you shouldn't miss.
Director: Jean Renoir
Writing credits: Jean Renoir (une comédie musicale) / Jean Renoir (adaptation)
Jean Gabin .... Henri Danglard
Françoise Arnoul .... Nini
María Félix .... Lola de Castro 'La Belle Abbesse'
Anna Amendola .... Arlette Vibert
Jean-Roger Caussimon .... Baron Walter
Dora Doll .... La Genisse
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 .... Captain Valorgueil
Albert Rémy .... Barjolin
France Roche .... Beatrix
Coding: All Region Code / NTSC Format
Video: 4:3 Fullscreen
Audio: Dolby Digital / AC-3 / 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: Chinese / English / None (Removable)