French Cancan (Only the French Can)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"M. Renoir's affectionate picture hasn't quite the class of Huston's Moulin Rouge. But it makes for diverting entertainment as sheer sentimental spectacle."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Nostalgic studio-bound Hollywood-like splashy pic about the beginnings of the Moulin Rouge."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It is unashamedly nostalgic and somewhat meandering but chock full of colour and affection for its characters."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"[It] was not the cinema event it promised to be. Yet there is still much to treasure in this exuberant tribute to the Moulin Rouge."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"French Cancan is full of fire, and incredibly sexy for 1954."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The climactic cancan scene is one of the finest dance sequences ever filmed, and worth the price of a ticket on its own."
‑ , Time Out
"A simple story told with abundant charm."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"The glorious final sequence, in which the cancan is finally unveiled to the rowdy audience, is some kind of masterpiece, perhaps the equal of anything Renoir ever achieved: wild, free, turbulent, exhilarating."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"If the film lacks the social bite of Renoir's pre-war work, it's still a rich celebration of life and the director's own birthplace."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"French Cancan vibrantly brings to life the dawning days of the Moulin Rouge, complete with high-kicking choristers flaunting their frills."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This 1955 Technicolor musical is the easiest to like of Jean Renoir's late films, full of color, movement, and romance."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Begins with an extended and breathtaking evocation of the Moulin Rouge at its most ravishing, one of the cinema's greatest sequences."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Nothing if not thoroughly enjoyable."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"A playful, colorful spectacle from the late era of Renoir."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...the fin de siecle Paris of our imagination, or of Auguste Renoir's paintings. Renoir's finale blends exhilarating showmanship and a carriageload of characters reconciled, their intrigues and follies stepping aside for 'the show must go on.'"
‑ Mark Bourne,
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