Le Bal (1983 film)

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.[1]

Le Bal
Film poster
Directed byEttore Scola
Produced byFranco Committeri
Written byJean-Claude Penchenat
Ruggero Maccari
Furio Scarpelli
Ettore Scola
Music byVladimir Cosma
CinematographyRicardo Aronovich
Edited byRaimondo Crociani
Films A2
Ministère de la Culture de la Republique Française
Distributed byAMLF (France)
Almi Classics (USA)
L.C.J. Editions & Productions (Worldwide)
Release date
  • 21 December 1983 (1983-12-21)
Running time
110 minutes
LanguageNo dialogue


  • Étienne Guichard as Le jeune étudiant de province / Le jeune professeur
  • Régis Bouquet as Le patron de la salle / Le paysan
  • Francesco De Rosa as Toni, le jeune serveur
  • Arnault LeCarpentier as Le jeune typographe / L'étudiant
  • Liliane Delval as La fille aux cheveux longs / L'alcoolique (as Liliane Léotard)
  • Martine Chauvin as La jeune fleuriste / L'étudiante
  • Danielle Rochard as La livreuse d'une modiste
  • Nani Noël as La fille de joie / La jeune juive / La refugiée / La jeune qui peint ses basses
  • Aziz Arbia as Le jeune ouvrier
  • Marc Berman as L'aristo / Le planqué / Le collaborationiste
  • Geneviève Rey-Penchenat as L'aristo
  • Michel van Speybroeck as L'homme qui vient de loin
  • Rossana Di Lorenzo as La dame-pipi
  • Michel Toty as L'ouvrier spécialisé
  • Raymonde Heudeline as L'ouvrière
  • Jean-Claude Penchenat as La 'croix de feu'
  • Jean-Francois Perrier as le sacristain amoureux / l'officier allemand


Vincent Canby from The New York Times gave the film a very good review, stating: "Because Le Bal is a spectacle, most of the performers, unfortunately, remain anonymous, though their contributions are enormous. The film has been choreographed as much as directed in any conventional sense, but the physical production is outstanding. In the 1936 sequence, Mr Scola and his cinematographer, Ricardo Aronovich[2] miraculously drain virtually all the color from the images to create a look that suggests hand-tinted photographs that have begun to fade. More than anything else, these exemplify the mood of the entire film."[3]

On Rotten Tomatoes, "Le Bal" currently holds 89% audience approval rating.[4]



Award Subject Nominee Result
Academy Awards Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film Algeria Nominated
Berlin International Film Festival Reader Jury of the "Berliner Morgenpost Ettore Scola Won
Best Director Ettore Scola Won
Golden Bear Ettore Scola Nominated
César Award Best Film Franco Committeri Won
Best Director Ettore Scola Won
Best Original Music Vladimir Cosma Won
Best Cinematography Ricardo Aronovich Nominated
David di Donatello Alitalia Award Ettore Scola Won
Best Film Franco Committeri Won
Best Director Ettore Scola Won
Best Score Vladimir Cosma
Armando Trovajoli
Best Editing Raimondo Crociani Won
Best Supporting Actress Rossana Di Lorenzo Nominated
Best Costumes Ezio Altieri Nominated

See also


  1. Deanne Schultz Filmography of World History -- 2007 Page 12 0313326819 The Ball / Le bal (1982) Ettore Scola; Algeria/France/Italy; no dialogue; Color; 109 m; Warner Home Video (VHS);
  2. Eduardo Montes-Bradley, "Con Ettore Scola: El mejor decorado de Cinecittà" Clarín, Buenos Aires, April 5, 2018
  3. Canby, Vincent. "'Le Bal,' A Comedy Adapted by Ettore Scola". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  4. "Le Bal (Ballando Ballando) (1983)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  5. "The 56th Academy Awards (1984) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  6. "Berlinale: 1984 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
  7. "Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
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