Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris


Working from the surreal imagery and concrete emotions with which Brel laced his lyrics, songwriter Mort Shuman (himself co-creator of some of the most memorable hit songs for the Drifters and Elvis Presley) transforms Brel's French chansons  into lushly romantic yet unsentimental English language versions. Shuman, Elly Stone, and Joe Masiell give voice to Brel's tangos and boleros in an explosion of settings that are inexhaustibly imaginative and intimate. But the true showstopper offers Brel himself singing his signature, "Ne Me Quitte Pas," in a sequence that ranks as one of the most powerfully understated and sincere musical performances ever put on film. 

From the vitriolic anti-war accusations of "Au Suivant" ("Next") to the achingly real "Chanson des Vieux Amours" ("Song of the Old Lovers"), Brel foments protest without preaching, celebrates tragedy without sinking to despair and offers insight without shunning emotion. Kino's presentation of AFT's Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is proof of this celebrated modern troubadour's timeless relevance and enduring passion.



Lady with Shopping Bag Elly Stone
Taxi Driver Mort Shuman
Marine Joe Masiell
Jacques Brel Jacques Brel


Director Denis Héroux
Writer (Play/Screenplay) Eric Blau
Writer (Play) Mort Shuman
Writer (Play) Jacques Brel
Executive Producer Claude Héroux
Producer Paul Marshall

User Reviews of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Not the Jacque Brel show I saw


Funky show!


Very different then I thought it was going to be, I definitily enjoyed it none the less