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Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (1975)

Three attendees at a puppet theater don various roles in order to sing a variety of songs by Jacques Brel, all while hippies and other eccentrics cavort about them.

Director:

Denis Héroux

Writers:

Eric Blau (screenplay), Eric Blau (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elly Stone Elly Stone ... Lady With Shopping Bag
Mort Shuman Mort Shuman ... Taxi Driver
Joe Masiell Joe Masiell ... Marine
Jacques Brel ... Himself
Annick Berger Annick Berger
Moni Yakim Moni Yakim
Bernard Lafontaine Bernard Lafontaine
France Lombard France Lombard
Sophie Héroux Sophie Héroux
Nico Sirakos Nico Sirakos
Jean Schianno Jean Schianno
René Quivrin René Quivrin
Paule Tanneur Paule Tanneur
Martial Martial
Jean Nény Jean Nény ... (as Jean Meny)
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Storyline

Jacques Brel Is Alive, etc. once toured American and European theatres. The show is comprised of 35 songs written by the famous travelling troubedor Jacques Brell (who also stars in the film version). The film centers on various aspects of life (love, marriage, death, war, etc.). Written by T.P. Addams <quiddity@netzone.com>

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Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1975 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Jacques Brel él, jól van és Párizsban lakik See more »

Filming Locations:

Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Budget:

CAD850,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The American Film Theatre initially contracted with Caedmon Records to release box-set soundtrack albums from each of the films produced in the AFT series. The Caedmon project got as far as The Iceman Cometh (1973), A Delicate Balance (1973), The Homecoming (1973), Rhinoceros (1974), Luther (1974) and Butley (1974), all of which were handsomely issued on LP in their entirety. Once the AFT series began to falter, and record sales for the first six albums proved to be equally lukewarm, Caedmon cancelled its plans to produce any further box sets, stopping midway through the recording of Three Sisters (1974). This was unfortunate, as two of the remaining AFT projects were musicals. Despite its limited appeal, the soundtrack of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (1974) was surprisingly released as a two-record-set on the Atlantic Records label, but the glorious score of Lost in the Stars (1974) was never commercially released. See more »


Soundtracks

Mathilde
Written by Jacques Brel and Gérard Jouannest
Performed by Mort Shuman
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A powerful singing performance in a poor cinematic package
6 November 2009 | by rmanorySee all my reviews

I have been a Brel fan for many years and it so happened that I never had the chance to see Brel translated in English. I am glad that I found this DVD at the library and I enjoyed most of it. I have read some criticism here on the cinematography, and I fully agree with it. In particular, my criticism is on the voice synchronization. It is very rare to find such poor technical quality in movie, but in this case I do bear in mind that this was play before it was a movie. I am very familiar with the French originals and I was impressed by Mort Shuman's lyrics, and by the powerful performance of Elly Stone. IN particular I found the interpretation of (the very difficult) "Marike" very impressive, in particular since part of it was in (very well pronounced) Flemish. I liked Brel's performance of course, but I would have expected translation subtitles, since the rest of the songs were in English. As a movie, this DVD is unwatchable and I fell asleep watching it. However, after waking up, I listened carefully to the music and the lyrics and realized that this was a very talented crew, but the filming was amateurish. In part this was deliberate, but overall I am sure a remake of this movie as a series of new music videos would be well received by Brel enthusiasts like myself. My rank of 5 is an average of Music 9 and Cinematography 1.


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