Le Bal – Ballando Ballando (1983)

Le Bal - Ballando Ballando (1983)

The 50 year story of a ballroom in France, from the 1920s. The people who go there is always the same, even the musicians. You can see all kind of people dancing all the fashion dances (depending on the age).

This beautifully rendered visual feast chronicles the many changes endured by France from the ’30s through the ’80s. It is set in a large ballroom, and dancers perform popular dance steps to contemporary music, demonstrating the changing mores, fashions and sociopolitical aspects of the times.

Le bal (Italian: Ballando ballando, French pronunciation: ​[lə bal], meaning “The ball”) 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.

The film won the 1984 César Award for Best Film ex-æquo (tie) with À nos amours. It also was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, representing Algeria (rather than France). At the 34th Berlin International Film Festival, Ettore Scola won the Silver Bear for Best Director.

Le Bal - Ballando Ballando (1983) - Étienne Guichard

Le Bal - Ballando Ballando Movie Poster (1983)

Le Bal – Ballando Ballando (1983)

Directed by: Ettore Scola
Starring: Étienne Guichard, Régis Bouquet, Francesco De Rosa, Arnault LeCarpentier, Liliane Delval, Martine Chauvin, Danielle Rochard, Nani Noël
Screenplay by: Jean-Claude Penchenat, Ruggero Maccari
Production Design by: Luciano Ricceri
Cinematography by: Ricardo Aronovich
Film Editing by: Raimondo Crociani
Costume Design by: Ezio Altieri, Françoise Tournafond
Music by: Vladimir Cosma
Distributed by: Almi Classics
Release Date: December 21, 1983