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Black Tights (1961)

1-2-3-4 ou Les collants noirs (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Musical | 9 May 1961 (Portugal)
Live scenes of Paris and a continuity Narrator link together four dramatic re-enactments of original ballet creations by Roland Petit and his ensemble, Ballets de Paris: Carmen (1949), La croqueuse de diamants (1950), Deuil en 24 heures (1953), and Cyrano de Bergerac (1959).

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

Roland Petit (adapted by), Edmond Rostand (inspired by the novel by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Chevalier ... Himself - Presenter
Les Ballets de Paris Les Ballets de Paris ... Themselves (as Ballets de Paris of Roland Petit)
Zizi Jeanmaire ... The Gold Digger / Carmen
Dirk Sanders Dirk Sanders ... Pierrot
Bertie Eckhrat Bertie Eckhrat ... The Bartender
Raoul Celada Raoul Celada ... Ruffian
Gerard Lemaitre Gerard Lemaitre ... Ruffian / Waiter at Coffee Shop
Elwin Carel Elwin Carel ... Ruffian
Hans von Manen Hans von Manen ... Ruffian / The Husband / Smuggler
Claude Jourdan Claude Jourdan ... Ruffian
Roland Petit Roland Petit ... Cyrano / The Seducer / Don José
Moira Shearer ... Roxane
George Reich George Reich ... Christian
Josiane Consoli Josiane Consoli ... Lise Ragueneau
Joelle Zissler Joelle Zissler ... The Duenna
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Live scenes of Paris and a continuity Narrator link together four dramatic re-enactments of original ballet creations by Roland Petit and his ensemble, Ballets de Paris: Carmen (1949), La croqueuse de diamants (1950), Deuil en 24 heures (1953), and Cyrano de Bergerac (1959).

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One of the most inspired films to come from abroad. Two hours of "vivid, turbulent showmanship..." Three talented beauties, who interpret with verve and imagination, four droll and dramatic stories, all refreshingly different. A picture that is not in the least conventional, but nonetheless designed to entertain, entrance, enthrall... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Portugal

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 May 1961 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Tights See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Cyrano de Bergerac
Ballet de Roland Petit
Music by Marius Constant
After the play by Edmond Rostand
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Don't bother
14 November 2012 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

I only watched the Cyrano de Bergerac segment of this movie. I know the play backwards and forwards, I know the various French and American movies that have been derived from it. I thought I would see what Roland Petit came up with to justify turning it into a ballet. The answer, in my opinion, was nothing. None of his choreography does anything to illuminate the story. It goes by quickly, but it never makes any effect.

Perhaps the other three segments of this movie are better. I don't know. I won't bother to find out. Nothing in the Cyrano segment gave me any reason to explore further.


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