ⓘ Le Bal (1983 film)

Le Bal (1983 film)

ⓘ Le Bal (1983 film)

Le bal is a 1983 Italian-Franco-Algerian film without dialogue directed by Ettore Scola that represents a fifty-year story of French society by way of a ballroom in France.


1. Cast

  • Francesco De Rosa as Toni, le jeune serveur
  • Raymonde Heudeline as Louvriere
  • Etienne Guichard as Le jeune etudiant de province / Le jeune professeur
  • Genevieve Rey-Penchenat as Laristo
  • Jean-Claude Penchenat as La croix de feu
  • Michel van Speybroeck as Lhomme qui vient de loin
  • Arnault LeCarpentier as Le jeune typographe / Letudiant
  • Michel Toty as Louvrier specialise
  • Nani Noel as La fille de joie / La jeune juive / La refugiee / La jeune qui peint ses basses
  • Rossana Di Lorenzo as La dame-pipi
  • Aziz Arbia as Le jeune ouvrier
  • Marc Berman as Laristo / Le planque / Le collaborationiste
  • Liliane Delval as La fille aux cheveux longs / Lalcoolique as Liliane Leotard
  • Martine Chauvin as La jeune fleuriste / Letudiante
  • Danielle Rochard as La livreuse dune modiste
  • Jean-Francois Perrier as le sacristain amoureux / lofficier allemand
  • Regis Bouquet as Le patron de la salle / Le paysan

2. Reception

Vincent Canby from The New York Times gave the film a very good review, stating: "Because Le Bal is a spectacle, most of the performers, unfortunately, remain anonymous, though their contributions are enormous. The film has been choreographed as much as directed in any conventional sense, but the physical production is outstanding. In the 1936 sequence, Mr Scola and his cinematographer, Ricardo Aronovich miraculously drain virtually all the color from the images to create a look that suggests hand-tinted photographs that have begun to fade. More than anything else, these exemplify the mood of the entire film."

On Rotten Tomatoes, "Le Bal" currently holds 89% audience approval rating.