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Black Tights (1961)

1-2-3-4 ou Les collants noirs (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Musical | 9 May 1961 (Portugal)
Live scenes of Paris and a continuity Narrator link together four dramatic re-enactments of original ballet creations by Roland Petit and his ensemble, Ballets de Paris: Carmen (1949), La croqueuse de diamants (1950), Deuil en 24 heures (1953), and Cyrano de Bergerac (1959).

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

Roland Petit (adapted by), Edmond Rostand (inspired by the novel by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Chevalier ... Himself - Presenter
Les Ballets de Paris Les Ballets de Paris ... Themselves (as Ballets de Paris of Roland Petit)
Zizi Jeanmaire ... The Gold Digger / Carmen
Dirk Sanders Dirk Sanders ... Pierrot
Bertie Eckhrat Bertie Eckhrat ... The Bartender
Raoul Celada Raoul Celada ... Ruffian
Gerard Lemaitre Gerard Lemaitre ... Ruffian / Waiter at Coffee Shop
Elwin Carel Elwin Carel ... Ruffian
Hans von Manen Hans von Manen ... Ruffian / The Husband / Smuggler
Claude Jourdan Claude Jourdan ... Ruffian
Roland Petit Roland Petit ... Cyrano / The Seducer / Don José
Moira Shearer ... Roxane
George Reich George Reich ... Christian
Josiane Consoli Josiane Consoli ... Lise Ragueneau
Joelle Zissler Joelle Zissler ... The Duenna
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Live scenes of Paris and a continuity Narrator link together four dramatic re-enactments of original ballet creations by Roland Petit and his ensemble, Ballets de Paris: Carmen (1949), La croqueuse de diamants (1950), Deuil en 24 heures (1953), and Cyrano de Bergerac (1959).

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It's Sheer Magic! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Portugal

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 May 1961 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Tights See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Cyrano de Bergerac
Ballet de Roland Petit
Music by Marius Constant
After the play by Edmond Rostand
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Delightful vintage film
11 June 2007 | by wilson-poteSee all my reviews

This terrific dance film deserves to be judged in its historical context, where it shone in set design, choreography, cinematography, musical vivacity and not least in superb dancing.

I recall that at the time, Rene Jeanmaire's portrayal of Carmen was considered shockingly sexy for classical dance.

The film is still a treasure, especially as another gorgeous record of the brilliance of Shearer and Charisse, and remains a fully developed treat for the senses of anyone who enjoys dance at its best.

Highly recommended viewing for fans of all ages, not least to very young people dreaming of becoming dancers. The work in this film exemplifies a level of dance artistry that was revered in its day and by now has become legendary.

Yes, we would certainly stage things differently in the 21st century, yet this film is REAL Roland Petit --le vrai de vrai--, whose influence has been huge.

Viewing it again as a senior, I find many of the sets remarkable, especially the Dali-esquire richness of the Carmen story. I hope to view it anew on TCM and to smile and applaud all over again!


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