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Paris 36 (2008)

Faubourg 36 (original title)
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A man is charged with murder. He is Pigoil, the aging stage manager at Chansonia, a music hall in a Paris faubourg. His confession is a long flashback to New Year's Eve, 1935, when he ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Jugnot ... Pigoil
Clovis Cornillac ... Milou
Kad Merad ... Jacky
Nora Arnezeder ... Douce
Pierre Richard ... Monsieur TSF
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ... Galapiat
Maxence Perrin ... Jojo
François Morel ... Célestin
Élisabeth Vitali Élisabeth Vitali ... Viviane
Christophe Kourotchkine Christophe Kourotchkine ... Lebeaupin
Éric Naggar Éric Naggar ... Grevoul
Eric Prat Eric Prat ... Commissaire Tortil
Julien Courbey Julien Courbey ... Mondain
Philippe du Janerand ... Triquet
Marc Citti Marc Citti ... L'inspecteur du Quai des Orfèvres
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Storyline

A man is charged with murder. He is Pigoil, the aging stage manager at Chansonia, a music hall in a Paris faubourg. His confession is a long flashback to New Year's Eve, 1935, when he discovers his wife is unfaithful and Galapiat, the local mobster, closes the music hall. Over the next few months, Pigoil loses custody of his beloved son, Jo-Jo, and must find work. Pigoil and his pals take over the Chansonia as a co-op; Galapiat is momentarily benign. Their star is the young Douce, a girl from near Lille for whom Galapiat lusts. She in turn falls in love with Milou, a local Red. There are ups and downs, but mostly ups - but what about Jo-Jo and what about the murder? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A grand tale of early theatre life.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and nudity, violence and brief language | See all certifications »
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Language:

French

Release Date:

24 September 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Paris 36 See more »

Filming Locations:

Surtainville, Manche, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,690, 5 April 2009

Gross USA:

$851,540

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,826,323
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DTS 70 mm (70 mm print)| Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The old man, Monsieur TSF, who stays in his apartment is named after the original French name for radio: "Telediffusion Sans Fil", which means "Wireless Broadcasting" in French, abbreviated "TSF". See more »

Goofs

When Jacky accidentally turns on the radio while Pigoil is talking to his wife and her new lover, the radio is very loud immediately after Jacky flips the switch. On this type of old tube amplified radio, it would take several seconds for the tubes to heat up and amplify any signal, and the volume would go up very slowly. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Il y a
Music by Reinhardt Wagner
Lyrics by Frank Thomas
Performed by Kad Merad
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A nice, faithful, melodic Paris through time, evocation
10 December 2009 | by angeliki_spatkiSee all my reviews

I voted for 6 because the film was overloaded. Too many characters and subplots - especially those with the French mafia sometimes called "apaches", were somewhat complicated and puzzling - not meaning that some other,especially those with communists and fascists were'not at least somewhat naive and clumsy.

I recommend this film because there is very good music inside - type of waltz, nice decoration of the sets with an exact theater of the 30s Belle Epoque. As for the externals, all the way long we see Paris with all those rainy-wet pavements, an eternal snow, always a heavy rain, it's picturesque attics looking to the sky, it's old buildings terraces viewing the Tour Eiffel and as we approach to the end, some scenes luxurious as they are, evoke Paris rich and fancy apartments at the "quartiers chic" as they are called.

The scenes of the music-hall are according to the typical tradition of French cabaret, enough satisfying as they recall Lido, Follies Bergeres, Moulin Rouge cabarets. The singing also refers to top french singers - Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier, Charles Trenet.

A very satisfying role and performance, is of Pigoil's - music-hall manager, son - a young boy who plays the accordion in the streets of Paris trying to earn some money with which buys some sausages as a supper offered to his father's lonely drinking - caused by his wife's cruel abandonment for the music-hall tenor.

I think this film to it's whole, was not bad directed, with a nice Parisian atmosphere. It will make you surely spend two relaxing and pleasant hours.


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