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Le bal

7.3
820
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Original title
Le balaka
AKA
  • Ballando, ballando
Year
Running time
112 min.
Country
Algeria Algeria
Director
Screenwriter
Jean-Claude Penchenat, Ruggero Maccari, Furio Scarpelli, Ettore Scola
Music
Vladimir Cosma
Cinematography
Ricardo Aronovich
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Algeria-France-Italy;
Genre
Musical | Dancing
Synopsis / Plot
1983: women arrive at a dance hall one at a time. Men enter and couples dance, their personalities on display. With the dancers changing characters, the film travels in time. In 1936, the Popular Front gives energy to the working class. In 1940, on the eve of the German occupation, a slumming rich couple get their comeuppance. In 1944, as Paris is liberated, a German officer and a collaborator are rebuffed while a Resistance fighter gets a hero's welcome. 1946: US soldiers bring silk stockings and jazz. In 1956, rock and roll pushes aside the samba; the cops bust an alien. 1968: student radicals take over the abandoned dance hall. In 1983, it's a disco. The night ends.
Awards
1983: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture (Algeria)
1983: Awards Cesar: Best Film, Director & Original Soundtrack. 4 Nominations
1983: David di Donatello Awards: 4 awards, including Best Film
1984: Festival de Berlín: Silver Bear - Best Director
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