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Les Uns Et Les Autres (1981)

Cast: Robert Hossein, Robert Hossein, Nicole Garcia, more...
Director: Claude Lelouch, Claude Lelouch
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Running Time: 177 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Claude Lelouch's Bolero covers a time span of half a century, concentrating on several generations of music lovers, all hailing from different nations and cultural backgrounds. Each of the principal actors plays multiple characters. Among the cast-members is James Caan, Robert Hossein and Geraldine Chaplin. The film's original title was Les Uns et les autres. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Plodding and Tedious by daliawood February 26, 2006 - 5:23 PM PST
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The movie opens and ends with a perfectly choreographed, and beautifully danced, performance of Ravel's Bolero, which made this movie worth it (the dancer, the late Jorge Donn, makes Barishnikov look like a klutz). The movie is just snapshots of several characters and their children over a 40 year period, with zero character development or other insight into their actions or motivations. Many of the characters aren't very likeable to boot, but some insight as to their actions may have been able to create some empathy. Geraldine Chaplin, who has been so good in other films, is very badly cast here TWICE- playing both a mother and her identical daughter. She wasn't believable as a French big band chanteuse and was 20 years too old to play the daughter. Ironically throughout the movie I kept thinking that it could have been very powerful to use some of the elements of Bolero throughout the movie much as Carlos Saura did with Carmen and Blood Wedding- it could have cultivated some life without having to focus on character development. Saura was Chaplin's longtime lover but apparently having Chaplin involved didn't give the director any of the benefit of Saura's creative force. If there is anyway to see the 10 minutes of Donn dancing without suffering through the rest of this dud, do it.




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