Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
The film opens in a puppet theatre, where three audience members discover they are being depicted as marionette caricatures against a backdrop of newsreel footage. They find themselves trapped backstage amidst bizarre circumstances, with the puppet master found dead above the stage. Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris transforms Mort Shuman and Eric Blau's beloved 35-song stage revue into an infectious movie musical that showcases both Brel's astonishing songwriting breadth and the resourceful audacity of 70's filmmaking. Belgian born Brel's richly sensual, uncompromising and lyrical songs provide a simultaneously ecstatic and tragic framework for this flamboyant and moving film.