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

Genres - Music, Theater  |   Sub-Genres - Filmed Play  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - France  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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This filmed version of the popular (1800 performances!) off-Broadway musical by Eric Blau and Mort Schumann incorporates 26 songs written by Belgian-entertainer Jacques Brel. Three actors--Elly Stone, Mort Schuman and Joe Masiell--interpret Brel's sometimes angry, sometimes poignant ballads with strength and compassion. In the movie, the three are brought together when they seek refuge from a rainstorm. The songs are accompanied by vignettes which highlight the imagery and story in them. Jacques Brel himself sings a melancholy composition at intermission time. It's ironic that this film was produced by the American Film Theatre; Brel disliked America and refused ever to set foot in the country.

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actor, music, songwriter, employment, play [recreation], stage