Black Tights (May 9, 1961)
Released on May 9, 1961: a French ballet montage narrated by Maurice Chevalier showing four famous dance choreographies by Roland Petit, including Carmen, La croqueuse de diamants, Deuil en 24 heures, and Cyrano de Bergerac.
Directed by Terence Young
Written by Roland Petit
The Actors: Zizi Jeanmaire (the gold digger / Carmen), Cyd Charisse (the widow), Maurice Chevalier (narrator), Roland Petit (Cyrano / the suitor / Don Jose), Moira Shearer (Roxane), Dirk Sanders (Pierrot), George Reich (Christian), Josette Clavier (the woman bandit), Bertie Eckhrat (the bartender), Hans von Manen (the husband / a bad guy / a bandit), Henning Kronstam (the bullfighter), France Arnel (a cigar maker), Fredbjorn Bjornsson (a bandit), Raoul Celada (a bad guy), Josiane Consoli (Lise Ragueneau)
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Black Tights is a compilation of four dance numbers by famed choreographer Roland Petit. Maurice Chevalier is your host, introducing each segment, and adding narrative dialogue to the dance where needed. The four dance routines include Carmen, Cyrano de Bergerac, La croqueuse de diamants and Deuil en 24 heures. If you love dance and enjoy the best that France has to offer, you will certainly enjoy this film. And you cannot go wrong with Maurice Chevalier guiding you along this feast for the eyes and ears. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn and enjoy the show.