French Cancan

Synopsis: Henri Danglard, proprietor of the fashionable (but bankrupt) cafe 'Le Paravent Chinois' featuring his mistress, belly dancer Lola, goes slumming in Montmarte (circa 1890) where the then-old-fashioned cancan is still danced. There, he conceives the idea of reviving the cancan as the feature of a new, more popular establishment...and meets Nini, a laundress and natural dancer, whom he hopes to star in his new show. But a tangled maze of jealousies intervenes...
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Director(s): Jean Renoir
Production: Criterion Collection
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

I'm going home.

Are you coming, Zizi?

You'll exhaust my patience in the end.

Come home with me.

I take orders from no one.

But we are ever at your command.

Come. We'll find

a carriage further along.

Very well.

- You're not angry?

- Of course not.

What do you see in that girl?

Everything and nothing.

She dances like a goddess, that's all.

You said that when you met me.

But I'll never tell her.

I don't even know her name.

- Really?

- I swear.

Don't think I'm jealous.

On the contrary.

At least admit

that I'm not jealous, either.

What's that supposed to mean?


Baron Walter and the others.

Zizi, darling,

that's completely different.


It's the bailiff, boss.

A visitor, darling?

Yes, a little social call.


Can you pay?

Just a moment.

A drop in the ocean.

There ought to be 500 louis

in the till of the Chinese Screen.

Perhaps there's a little something

tucked away here.

Here you go.

That's hardly enough.

I regret that I must give you

this summons

and commence an inventory

of your possessions.

They're arresting you? Why?

- Worse than arrest.

- What is it?

Our friend Baron Walter

is out for my skin.

And you're going to let him have it?

He brought up my mortgages.

I can't fight this paper.

Is that all the trouble?

I must place it directly in the hands

of the person concerned.


Now it's in the hands of

"the person concerned."

I shall leave my clerk

to make the inventory.

General Boulanger calls on me often.

I'll remember you

when he's in power.

You're tilting against windmills.

They've no end of such bits of paper.

- Are you unhappy?

- Not with you at my side.

If you wish, I'll give up

everything for you.

Can you see yourself living

in a cottage on bread and love?

I don't need much.

In the big fireplace we could roast

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Jean Renoir

Jean Renoir (French: [ʁənwaʁ]; 15 September 1894 – 12 February 1979) was a French film director, screenwriter, actor, producer and author. As a film director and actor, he made more than forty films from the silent era to the end of the 1960s. His films La Grande Illusion (1937) and The Rules of the Game (1939) are often cited by critics as among the greatest films ever made. He was ranked by the BFI's Sight & Sound poll of critics in 2002 as the fourth greatest director of all time. Among numerous honors accrued during his lifetime, he received a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award in 1975 for his contribution to the motion picture industry. Renoir was the son of the painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir. He was one of the first filmmakers to be known as an auteur. more…

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