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Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

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Eschewing conventional narrative, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris transforms Mort Shuman and Eric Blau's beloved 35-song stage revue into an infectious movie musical that showcases both Brel's astonishing songwriting breadth and the resourceful audacity of 70's filmmaking. Belgian born Brel's richly sensual, uncompromising and lyrical songs provide a simultaneously ecstatic and tragic framework for this flamboyant and moving film. Director Denis Heroux utilizes everything from puppetry to location photography to shepherd Brel's music far beyond the proscenium-bound horizon. Working from the surreal imagery and concrete emotions in which Brel laced his lyrics, songwriter Mort Shuman (himself co-creator of some of the most memorable hit songs for the Drifters and Elvis Presley) transforms Brel's French chansons into lushly romantic yet unsentimental English language versions. Shuman, Elly Stone and Joe Masiell give voice to Brel's tangos and boleros in an explosion of settings that are inexhaustibly imaginative and intimate. But the true showstopper offers Brel himself singing his signature, "Ne Me Quitte Pas," in a sequence that ranks as one of the most powerfully understated and sincere musical performances ever put on film. From the vitriolic anti-war accusations of "Au Suivant" ("Next") to the achingly real "Chanson des Vieux Amours" ("Song of the Old Lovers"), Brel foments protest without preaching, celebrates tragedy without shinning emotion. Kino's presentation of AFT's Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is proof of this celebrated modern troubadour's timeless relevance and enduring passion.

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    Title: Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
    Genre: Vocal, Music Video (Concert/Performance)
    Starring: Elly Stone, Mort Shuman, Joe Masiell, Jacques Brel
    Director: Denis Heroux
    Attributes: Widescreen
    Release Date: 11/11/2003
    Original Year: 1975
    Product Type: DVD
    Region: 0
    Rated: PG
    Catalog #: 2952
    UPC: 738329029524
    Item #: KOV002952

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 11/11/2003
    Closed Caption: No
    Run Time: 97 minutes
    Studio: Kino Video