French Cancan (1955)
French Cancan (1955)

Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

French Cancan

Jean Renoir | France | 1955 | PG

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Wed 21 Feb 2024

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Renoir’s last truly great film is a jubilant celebration of the birth of the Moulin Rouge as seen through the exploits of its impresario founder, the fictional Henri Danglard (Jean Gabin). Renoir brilliantly blends expressive stylisation with realism, and robust showmanship with poetic expressiveness in this exuberant, colourful remembrance of la belle époque that Andrew Sarris called “the most joyous hymn to the glory of art in the history of cinema”. A beautiful evocation of and dedication to Renoir’s father’s era with appearances by María Félix, Michel Piccoli, Patachou and Edith Piaf.

35mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.

Format: 35mm
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: NFSA
Runtime: 102 mins

Event duration

102 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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