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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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  • Actors: Gérard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, Nora Arnezeder, Pierre Richard
  • Directors: Christophe Barratier
  • Writers: Christophe Barratier, Frank Thomas, Jean-Michel Derenne, Julien Rappeneau, Pierre Philippe
  • Producers: Jacques Perrin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AG2NV6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,001 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. HupFons on August 15, 2009
Format: DVD
NOTE: This is a niche movie that will appeal mostly to those who enjoy an ensemble cast of lesser known actors & actresses, as well as those who are fans of vaudeville shows (popular mostly in the early part of the 20th century). It's a musical drama with more pathos than comedy, but it has its humorous moments & a romantic subplot to lighten the more serious plot elements.

What I liked the most about it is the human drama of a separated father and young son, played by Gerard Jugnot & Maxence Perrin, respectively. It is the main dramatic subplot that gives additional emotional depth to the main plot -- the life, death, & "resurrection" of the local music hall, known as CHANSONIA, located in the Faubourg suburb of Paris.

Incidentally Jugnot & Perrin appeared together in LES CHORISTES (also directed by Christophe Barratier), with Jugnot in the role of the music teacher & Perrin one of his young music students. Kad Merad, who plays the role of Jacky the aspiring stage performer in this film also performed with Jugnot & Perrin in LES CHORISTES. These 3 plus Clovis Cornillac, who plays the role of lighting technician and social activist form the nucleus of those who work long hours to produce and perform for the locals at CHANSONIA during pre-World War II France.

There's plenty to enjoy in this little known production, and one of the brightest surprises is the debut screen performance of young Nora Arnezeder. Arguably, she steals the show; she seems a natural for the big screen, with a joie de vivre that is infectious and an expressive face that accentuates the beauty and appeal of her pretty face.

If you're looking for a film that will take you back to an earlier time when music halls were the main entertainment for the middle and lower classes, this is one to see.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 22, 2009
Format: DVD
PARIS 36 is a deliciously entertaining blend of history (WW II and the French reaction to the Nazis), of cabarets, French vaudeville, and the fracturing of families that occurred during times of stress - all costumed in a period piece that revives the year 1936 in Paris with gentle humor and sensitivity. It is as refreshing as anything to come on the screen in a long time. Writer/director Christophe Barratier (with Pierre Philippe adding the dialogue) serve up this confection with underscored aplomb and the result is delectable!

1936, and the streets of Paris are being decimated by the recession/depression of the times: workers are revolting (lead by the handsome young Milou - Clovis Cornillac), the small time theaters such as the Chansonia under the loving direction of Pigoil (Gérard Jugnot) are on hard times, and the 'big bosses' of the times are finding ways to take over small businesses. To make things worse, Pigoil's wife runs off with an entertainer, leaving Pigoil to survive unemployment with his beloved son - that son is soon reluctantly moved away to join his prosperous mother and new 'caretaker'. Into this sad turn of events comes a naive but wondrously winsome lass named Douce (Nora Arnezeder) who takes part in the revitalization of the Chansonia, supplying the meager audience with her growing talent while urging the public to applaud for a a loser of a nice guy performer - Jacky (Kad Merad). A little star is born. Somehow it all comes together despite innumerable setbacks, and in the end the people own their hearts and regain their pride.

It is a simple story, but told with a glow of Parisian bloom that dissipates the gloom of the times and creates a moment of nostalgia well worth remembering. For an evening of joy this is a must. In French with English subtitles. Grady Harp, August 09
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dennis A. Amith TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 11, 2009
Format: DVD
The musical film from France that has received critical acclaim worldwide.

"Paris 36" (Faubourg 36) is a wonderful and enchanting film directed and written by Christophe Barratier (Producer of "Winged Migration" and "As Life Goes By"). The film is co-written by Julien Rappeneau ("Have Mercy on Us All" and "A Ticket to Space") and Pierre Phillippe ("We Forget Everything!" and "A Rare Bird"). Joining Christophe with the film is cinematographer Tom Stern ("Gran Torino", "Changeling", "Things We Lost in the Fire", "Million Dollar Baby" and "Letters from Iwo Jima") and composer Reinhardt Wagner ("Don't Worry, Be Happy", "Towards Zero" etc.).

The film would feature an outstanding soundtrack but also would introduce the world to a new star named Nora Arnezeder who can act and sing and just shines along with her castmates in this irresistible film.

"Paris 36" begins in the Paris suburb, Faubourg in 1936. A man named Pigoil (Gerard Jugnot) is being questioned by the police for something tragic that had happen that night. Pigoil then begins his story.

Pigoil is the stage manager for the theater known as Chansonia. His life was thought to be OK while working with hard in the theater with lighting operator Milou (Clovis Cornillac) and performer/worker Jacky (Kad Merad) until his wife became unfaithful (with several men) and has left him. Also, the fascist and ruthless businessman Galapiat (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu) wants his payment for the theater but the owner of the theater is not making enough money to pay right away. As the actors at the Chansonia try to celebrate New Year's Eve, the owner of the Chansonia knowing that he doesn't have the money to keep the theater afloat, commits suicide.
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