French Cancan ★★★★

In 1890’s Paris, impressario Jean Gabin, always pressed for funds, gathers some backers and builds a new nightclub, The Moulin Rouge. His club will revive a passé dance, the cancan, in spectacular form: spirited young women joyfully displaying their dancing abilities and their lacy underwear.

Gabin goes through a series of trials and tribulations, bankrupcy, the choosing and rigorous training of the dancers, altercations with his mistresses, even broken bones, before he can celebrate the triumphant opening night of his new club.

Jean Renoir had been in Hollywood since the beginning of World War II, and this film was his first in France for many years. It marks a colorful (brilliant Technicolor) and joyful return to his homeland.