Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris [DVD] [English] [1975]

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Special Features

  • Theatrical trailer
  • "Jacques Brel and Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" - An essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theatre Critic, the Village Voice
  • The AFT Cinebill for Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
  • An Interview With Edie Landau, Executive in Charge, the American Film Theatre
  • Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera - AFT promotional reel, 1974
  • The American Film Theatre trailer gallery - Includes a complete list of the AFT films
  • The American Film Theatre Scrapbook
  • Enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs


Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
This filmed version of the popular (1800 performances!) off-Broadway musical by Eric Blau and Mort Schumann incorporates 26 songs written by Belgian-entertainer Jacques Brel. Three actors--Elly Stone, Mort Schuman and Joe Masiell--interpret Brel's sometimes angry, sometimes poignant ballads with strength and compassion. In the movie, the three are brought together when they seek refuge from a rainstorm. The songs are accompanied by vignettes which highlight the imagery and story in them. Jacques Brel himself sings a melancholy composition at intermission time. It's ironic that this film was produced by the American Film Theatre; Brel disliked America and refused ever to set foot in the country. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jacques Brel
    Jacques Brel
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    Mort Shuman - Taxi Driver
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