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Jacques Brel Is Alive & Well & Living in Paris DVD
Jacques Brel Is Alive & Well & Living in Paris

Jacques Brel Is Alive & Well & 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 puppetryto 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 soem of the most memorable hitsongs 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 inexhaustably 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 thevitriolic 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 JacquesBrel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is proof of this celebrated modern troubadour's timeless relevance and enduring passion.
Title: Jacques Brel Is Alive & Well & Living in Paris
Genre: Vocal, Music Video (Concert/Performance)
Starring: Elly Stone, Mort Shuman, Joe Masiell, Jacques Brel
Director: Denis Heroux
Studio: Kino Video
Attributes: Widescreen
Release Date: 11/11/2003
Original Year: 1975
Product Type: DVD
Rated: PG
Catalog #: 2952
UPC: 738329029524
Item #: KOV002952

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