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Le Bal

  • Film

Time Out says

Scola's wordless musical-dance extravaganza traces the life of a ballroom from 1936 to the present. While couples meet, steal kisses, and separate, events in the world outside are echoed in their mimetic rituals and groupings; for the film is clearly intended as a historical and political allegory. Instead of offering any insights into France's shifting character, it relies largely on the audience's smug recognition of supposedly 'significant' cultural symbols. Fatuous stuff, really, especially when several references are anachronistic. A strong cast struggles valiantly against Felliniesque stereotypes to convey the gaucheries of human coupling. But in a movie aiming for something more ambitious, that's simply not enough.
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Release Details

  • Duration:112 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Ettore Scola
  • Screenwriter: Scarpelli, Jean-Claude Penchenat, Ruggero Maccari, Ettore Scola
  • Cast:
    • Le Troupe du Théâtre du Campagnol
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