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Bolero (1981)

Les uns et les autres (original title)
Trough fabulous music, this movie tracks three generations of musicians and dancers from Russia, Germany, France and the U.S., from before World War II through the war and the Holocaust, to... See full summary »

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Claude Lelouch

Writer:

Claude Lelouch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hossein ... Simon Meyer / Robert Prat
Nicole Garcia ... Anne Meyer
Geraldine Chaplin ... Suzan / Sara Glenn
Daniel Olbrychski ... Karl Kremer
Jorge Donn Jorge Donn ... Boris & Sergei Itovitch / Lead Dancer of Boléro
Rita Poelvoorde Rita Poelvoorde ... Tatiana & Tania Itovitch
Macha Méril ... Magda Kremer
Evelyne Bouix Evelyne Bouix ... Evelyne / Edith
Francis Huster ... Francis
Raymond Pellegrin ... M. Raymond
Paul Préboist ... Le grand-père d'Edith
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Le directeur du Lido
Marthe Villalonga ... La grand-mère d'Edith
Fanny Ardant ... Véronique
Jacques Villeret ... Jacques
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Storyline

Trough fabulous music, this movie tracks three generations of musicians and dancers from Russia, Germany, France and the U.S., from before World War II through the war and the Holocaust, to the 1980s. Their lives become intertwined through the historical circumstances, and the culmination is the presence of several, including a former Nazi pianist and a French Jewish Holocaust survivor at an anti-famine concert. Written by Ed Cannon <ecannon@mail.utexas.edu>

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Claude Lelouch of "A Man and A Woman" fame, now presents a visual masterpiece of love, music and life . . .

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Drama | Music

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English | German | Russian

Release Date:

27 May 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bolero See more »

Filming Locations:

Garancières, Yvelines, France See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Films 13, TF1 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | 70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Claude Lelouch: [camera movement] The camera circles the actor/actress. Also very long shots with a hand-held camera, following characters in the action. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 21 mins) The soldiers are playing cards on the train and the game they are playing changes between shots. See more »

Crazy Credits

The grand majority of the opening credits are spoken by the narrator. The narrator stops after crediting the choreographer. Only the film's production company, title and the name Claude Lelouch appear in writing before the Bolero dance at the opening (when the writing is onscreen, the orchestra is warming up). Also, a quote by Willa Cather appears at the very beginning. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1983 Vestron Video release deletes scenes that were even approved for the small-scale American release, including Richard Bohringer's boxing match, a scene on the train-ride with Evelyn Bouix, Robert Hossein, Jacques Villeret and Francis Huster...among others The Image DVD release restores these scenes. However, the 6-hour miniseries awaits a DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hasta mañana (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Les uns et les autres
Music by Francis Lai
Lyrics by Pierre Barouh
Rythmic by Christian Gaubert
Orchestration by Michel Legrand
Performed by Nicole Croisille
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Fine Work
8 February 2006 | by jrippeySee all my reviews

Just viewed this movie on a DVD from Netflix. This movie is what a motion picture can be in the hands of an intelligent and talented director.

The photography was wonderful, the use of color was spectacular, the sound was excellent, and the music and performances were top notch. I especially liked the full symphony orchestra segments and the American big band segments. The Folies-type musical numbers were also done with flair, and Geraldine Chaplin proved herself to be a classy cabaret singer (assuming her voice wasn't dubbed). Michel Legrand I believe was responsible for the music, which was first rate throughout.

All production values were of the highest order.

The final dance sequence, which lasted far longer than anything Hollywood would permit, was phenomenal; the late Jorge Donn was not Nureyev, but spectacular all the same. The robustness and uncompromisingly balletic style of the finale put the ballet sequences in a couple of American movies--American In Paris and Carousel-- in the shade.

Released in the U.S. as Bolero, apparently. Without car chases, explosions, etc., I doubt if it did very well at the box office over here.


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