Bolero: Dance of Life (1981)

12 05/27/1981 (FR) DramaMusic 3h 4m
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The film is a musical epic and it is widely considered as the director's best work with Un Homme et une Femme.


The film follows four families, with different nationalities (French, German, Russian and American) but with the same passion for music, from the 1930s to the 1960s. The various story lines cross each other time and again in different places and times, with their own theme scores that evolve as time passes. The main event in the film is the Second World War, which throws the stories of the four musical families together and mixes their fates. Although all characters are fictional, many of them are loosely based on historical musical icons (Édith Piaf, Josephine Baker, Herbert von Karajan, Glenn Miller, Rudolf Nureyev, etc.) The Boléro dance sequence at the end brings all the threads together.

  1. Claude Lelouch

    Director, Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Robert Hossein

    Robert Hossein

    Simon Meyer / Robert Prat

  2. Nicole Garcia

    Nicole Garcia

    Anne Meyer

  3. Geraldine Chaplin

    Geraldine Chaplin

    Suzan / Sara Glenn

  4. Daniel Olbrychski

    Daniel Olbrychski

    Karl Kremer

  5. Jorge Donn

    Boris & Sergei Itovitch / Lead Dancer of Boléro

  6. Rita Poelvoorde

    Tatiana & Tania Itovitch

  7. Macha Méril

    Macha Méril

    Magda Kremer

  8. Evelyne Bouix

    Evelyne Bouix

    Evelyne / Edith

  9. Francis Huster

    Francis Huster


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Bolero: Dance of Life
Bolero: Dance of Life

Original Title Les uns et les autres

Status Released

Original Language French

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