Time Out says
With loose affinities with Truffaut’s trite ‘The Last Metro’ and sporting inoffensive travesties of Renoir’s proletarian improvisations, ‘Paris 36’ is picaresquely set among a sprawling theatrical community, unemployed since a local gangster (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu) closed their ‘Chansonia’ music hall. The movie follows their efforts, led by salt-of-the-earth Jugnot, firebrand Clovis Cornillac and gadfly Kad Merad, to occupy their old premises and – you guessed it – put on a show!
‘Paris 36’ employs performances on the sympathetic side of comic caricature which, while disallowing any sense of depth, steers the film nimbly between the twin rocks of overt sentimentality and pompousness. It looks a treat, with Eastwood’s cinematographer Tom Stern shooting fluidly in ’Scope with an alternating colour palette of cobblestone grey and boudoir rouge, and luxuriates in evidently painstaking costume and set design. The cherry on the cake is newcomer Nora Arnezeder as Douce, the provincial ingénue with the yellow bangs and the golden voice. The questions remain: will she escape the cynical clutches of Donnadieu’s ‘Galapiat the Beloved’? Fall for handsome communist loverboy Cornillac? Or become the toast of the war-threatened town?
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