French Cancan
French Cancan (1956)

Beautifully photographed, this comedy drama from Jean Renoir chronicles the revival of Paris' most notorious dance as it tells the story of a theater producer who turns a humble washerwoman into a star at the Moulin Rouge. The film is… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 16, 1956
DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Catherine de la Roche
Sight and Sound

Above all, it is a picture to see, without a critics's notebook, as a rare pleasure.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Begins with an extended and breathtaking evocation of the Moulin Rouge at its most ravishing, one of the cinema's greatest sequences.

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Time Out

The climactic cancan scene is one of the finest dance sequences ever filmed, and worth the price of a ticket on its own.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Nostalgic studio-bound Hollywood-like splashy pic about the beginnings of the Moulin Rouge.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

It is unashamedly nostalgic and somewhat meandering but chock full of colour and affection for its characters.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1955 Technicolor musical is the easiest to like of Jean Renoir's late films, full of color, movement, and romance.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

A simple story told with abundant charm.

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Peter Bradshaw

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
this is lots of fun and better than huston's 'moulin rouge' imo. how wonderful to see the fierce maria felix in such a high profile role outside… More
John Ballantine
Renoir's tale of the introduction of the cancan to Paris is a charming tale with charming actors in a memorable tale.
Matheus Carvalho
It was quite seductive to watch this colourful concoction projected on the cinema screen in a beautifully restored print. It has the fluff and exuberance of an… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"French Can-Can" takes place in 19th century Paris where famed impresario Henri Danglard(Jean Gabin), who has always had a knack… More