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French Cancan


French Cancan by Jean Renoir

Walsh (John) Park
1722 N. Ashland Avenue
Chicago, US 60614

July 5, 2023 | 8:30 pm (Sunset)


Wednesday, July 5 | Walsh (John) Park

French Cancan 
Directed by Jean Renoir 
With Jean Gabin, Françoise Arnoul, María Félix 
Choreographer: Claude Grandjean
1955, Drama-Musical, 1h45, France-Italy

Nineteenth-century Paris comes vibrantly alive in Jean Renoir’s exhilarating tale of the opening of the world-renowned Moulin Rouge. This celebration of life, art and the City of Light (with a cameo by Edith Piaf) is a tour de force by a master of modern cinema.  

Set in the vibrant Belle Epoque, live entertainment entrepreneur Henri Danglard undertakes the renovation of a historic Parisian cabaret, the Moulin Rouge. Betting on the revival of the cancan dance, he turns young washerwoman Nini into a star dancer. Along the way, Danglard confronts the jealousy of his lover Lola, the fickleness of his sponsors, and the fierce competition of the Montmartre scene.

In French with English subtitles
Free and open to the public (no ticket needed) | Bring your own chair or blanket and join us at dusk! 

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