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With: Jean Gabin, Fran¨oise Arnoul, Mar’a Fˇlix, Anna Amendola, Jean-Roger Caussimon, Dora Doll, Giani Esposito, Gaston Gabaroche, Jacques Jouanneau, Jean Parˇd¸s, Franco Pastorino, Mich¸le Philippe, Michel Piccoli, Albert Rˇmy, France Roche
Written by: Jean Renoir, based on an idea by Andrˇ-Paul Antoine
Directed by: Jean Renoir
MPAA Rating: NR
Language: French, with English subtitles
Running Time: 102
Date: 27/12/1954

French Cancan (1954)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Moulin Huge

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The colorful forerunner to Moulin Rouge, Jean Renoir's French Cancan tells a romantic story of the famous club's origins. Jean Gabin stars as an aging showman who discovers a beautiful little laundress (Françoise Arnoul) and teaches her to dance for the stage. She falls in love with him, but, alas, he's not hers to have. In the meantime, a wealthy prince and a modest baker also fall for her. This is lighter than usual fare for Renoir, but his usual gracefulness is ever-present and he adds a distinct human center to the color and dazzle.

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