Paris 36 PG-13

Music halls, romance, and danger. This is Paris, 1936.
Paris 36
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 2 hours
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 11, 2009
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.40
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - French
    • Subtitles - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. Christophe Barratierm Director / Writer; Nora Arnezeder, Actress
    • Featurette:
      1. Nora Arnezeder: The Young Revelation's Beautiful Adventure
    • Interviews:
      1. Paris 36: Interview With The Actors
    • Making Of:
      1. The Film Locations: Thomas Lautner's Making of

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 82


User Ratings: 3,730
Rating: 3.5/5 -- A tasty, tuneful Gallic confection. Full Review
Dec 31, 2010
Rating: 3/5 -- Most of the disasters and triumphs that follow can be predicted well in advance. But the film brings them off with panache, particularly when it transforms into the fully fledged musical that it should have been all along. Full Review
The Age (Australia)
May 1, 2009
Rating: 4/5 -- Barratier loves these people, this place, this period. The film is mostly confection, it's true, but of a very high order. Full Review
Sydney Morning Herald
May 1, 2009
Paris 36 is a handsomely made French musical that never really soars. Full Review
Washington Post
Apr 23, 2009
4 stars out of 5 -- [T]his is as much an evocation of an era as nostalgic entertainment, and Jean Rabasse's designs, Tom Stern's photography and Reinhardt Wagner's score are as exemplary as Christophe Barratier's direction.
Mar 1, 2009
Rating: 3.5/5 -- big, overwrought melodrama that celebrates the joy of big, overwrought melodramas Full Review
Aug 11, 2009
3 stars out of 5 -- [A] solid, well-played and unabashedly sentimental '30s-set music-hall melodrama...
Total Film
Feb 1, 2009

Product Description:

French writer-director Christophe Barratier follows up his nuanced period-drama, THE CHORUS (2004), with this feature about obsessive love and the behind-the-scenes machinations of a prewar Parisian music hall. The year is 1936, and on the outskirts of the French capital the workers of the Chansonia theater look for a way to reopen their former workplace following its inglorious demise. Barratier's film follows former Chansonia stagehand Pigoil (Gérard Jugnot) as he attempts to reopen the theater while fighting off some devastating personal losses. Pigoil hits paydirt when he unearths the radiant singer Douce (Nora Arnezeder), but a battle for her heart between the morally repugnant new boss of the theater, Galapiat (played by Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu), and the handsome electrician, Milou (Clovis Cornillac), threatens to quash the Chansonia's sudden upswing.

Barratier's zippy camerawork and impressive attention to period detail are reminiscent of Coen brothers films such as MILLER'S CROSSING (1990) and THE HUDSUCKER PROXY (1994). Cinematographer Tom Stern deserves credit for giving PARIS 36 much of its visual flair, and the collected cast members strike a fine balance between funny and sad throughout. Numerous references to classic musicals come thick and fast as Barratier's film unfolds, and the song-and-dance numbers make a neat counterpoint to the often-harrowing offstage drama. Jugnot is especially impressive as the beleaguered Pigoil, and Arnezeder, with just a handful of prior screen appearances to her name, is a joy to watch. Barratier cleverly mixes in some of the tumultuous political sentiment of the era by starkly contrasting the leftist workers of the Chansonia with the right-wing leanings of Galapiat and his merciless cronies, helping to make PARIS 36 a heady and often deeply amusing snapshot of an era.

Product Description:

Music halls. Romance and danger. This is Paris, 1936. Set in a suburb of north-east Paris between December 1935 and July 1936 during the "revolutionary" period of the Popular Front (who introduced the first paid holidays and a shorter working week). Three unemployed performers decide to take over by force the music hall where they worked a few months earlier and stage a show there.


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  • Sales Rank: 26,938
  • UPC: 043396309562
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