- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 3, 2003
- Originally Released: 1975
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: "Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera -- AFT Promotional Reel - 1974"
- Interviews: Edie Landau - Executive in Charge, The American Film Theatre
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Essay: "Jacques Brel and JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS" by Michael Feingold, Chief Theater Critic, THE VILLAGE VOICE
- AFT Cinebill for JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS
- AFT Scrapbook
- Trailer Gallery - Complete List of AFT Films
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Uncut - 05/01/2005
"[T]his 1974 movie is masterful."
This experimental musical revue combines the songwriting talents of the renowned Belgian-born Jacques Brel with the distinct stylistic sense of 1970s film. Brel's songs deal, movingly so, with topics as vast as love, death, and war. Bringing them to life seems a challenge, but one met by director Denis Heroux. Using tools as unexpected as puppets and extensive location shooting, Heroux places Brel's songs in a unique context -- one that frees them from theatrical constraints. Mort Shuman (who wrote songs for The Drifters and Elvis Presley) converts the songs into beautiful English-language versions, but does not lose the essence intended by Brel. In an age where the classic troubadour seems to have vanished, JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS reminds one of the need for singers to translate universal emotion into song.
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