“A remarkable work of art” (New York Times)
24 actors,140 characters, a half a century of history recounted through music and dance
A surprising film, which confirms the international greatness of Ettore Scola
Yet again, confirmation of the international greatness of Ettore Scola. With 24 actors playing 140 characters, he chronicles half a century of history from the perspective of a ballroom, without needing one word to be said. With the aid of music and dance, we gracefully glide through the France of the Popular Front, the threat of wartime bombardments, the euphoria of liberation, the revolts in Algeria, the protests of ’68… Until the present day, in which the characters leave the ballroom, taking with them their solitude and hopes. “He does not recount dance through history, but history through dance”, wrote Alberto Moravia. With humour, irony, elegance and rigour. So much so, the New York Times spoke of a “remarkable work of art”.
In a ballroom of the Parisian suburbs, an array of humanity comes together every Saturday night. From 1936 to 1983, the history of France flows with the changing dance steps and music.