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The Whole World Sings: French & Other International Musicals at Quad

While many beloved movie musicals have come from the U.S., some of the genre’s most delirious highlights have been produced far beyond the confines of Hollywood. For one week, it’s all (subtitled) singing and dancing at the Quad, as we span continents and film history to explore how multiple national cinemas—from Europe to Asia to Latin America and beyond—have made the musical their own.

See the 9 French-speaking musicals!


Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) Directed by Marcel Camus, 1959
> Thursday, September 14 - 5:00pm
> Sunday, Sept 17 - 5:50pm

Le million Directed by René Clair, 1931, 35mm
> Thursday, Sept 14 - 9:00pm
> Saturday, Sept 16 - 1:35pm

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les parapluies de Cherbourg) Directed by Jacques Demy, 1964
> Thursday, Sept 14 - 7:00pm
> Sunday, September 17 - 8:00pm

Same Old Song (On connaît la chanson) Directed by Alain Resnais, 1997, 35mm
> Tuesday, Sept 19 at 6:45pm

Destiny (Le destin) Directed by Youssef Chahine, 1997, 35mm
> Monday, Sept 18 - 8:45pm
> Thursday, Sept 21 - 4:25pm

French Cancan Directed by Jean Renoir, 1955, 35mm
> Friday, Sept 15 - 6:45pm
> Saturday, Sept 16 - 5:25pm

Golden Eighties (Window Shopping) Directed by Chantal Akerman, 1986
> Sunday, Sept 17 - 3:50pm
> Wednesday, Sept 20 - 7:00pm

Zouzou Directed by Marc Allégret, 1934, 35mm
> Friday, Sept 14 - 4:50pm

Siméon Directed by Euzhan Palcy
> Tuesday, Sept 19 - 4:30pm
> Thursday, Sept 21 - 8:45pm

"The Whole World Sings: International Musicals" runs at Quad from September 14 - 21, 2017, and is organized in collaboration with Village Voice film critic Bilge Ebiri.

Image: "Black Orpheus" by Marcel Camus