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Paris 36 If you've had a longing to experience the kind of stultifying French studio film that inspired the New Wave directors of the '50s to launch their revolt,...Paris 36DramaPT120MPG-13 If you've had a longing to experience the kind of stultifying French studio film that inspired the New Wave directors of the '50s to launch their revolt,...2009-04-03Nora ArnezederKad MeradNora Arnezeder, Kad MeradSony Pictures Classics

(Jeremie Bouilon)

F

Paris 36

Genre: Drama; Starring: Clovis Cornillac, Gerard Jugnot, Nora Arnezeder, Kad Merad; Director: Christophe Barratier; Author: Christophe Barratier, Pierre Philippe, Julien Rappeneau; Release Date Limited: 04/03/2009; Runtime (in minutes): 120; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

If you’ve had a longing to experience the kind of stultifying French studio film that inspired the New Wave directors of the ’50s to launch their revolt, then this is the movie for you — it’s like a pastry that’s been sitting on the shelf for 60 years. Paris 36 takes place in and around a Moulin Rouge-style music hall that’s reopened on the eve of World War II. But the ”spicy” numbers have no dazzle, the actors mug like contestants in a Maurice Chevalier impersonation contest, and the plot is a drily indigestible wad of show-must-go-on preciousness and socialist sentimentality. F

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