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THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE
“I remember vividly seeing The Triplets of Belleville in the movie theater, soon after it was released in the US. I was struck with how little dialogue there was, and how much of the story was told through music, and what fun music it is! The title characters were performers in French vaudeville, so there’s a jazzy, Gallic tinge to all the music which I find irresistible. I also appreciated seeing a film set in a different kind of France than the one we are used to. Belleville is on the outskirts of Paris, and the plot takes us all over the countryside, so we get to see the workingman’s view of the country. It’s a film to revisit, especially on the big screen!” —Ted Sperling
Ted Sperling has been active in the theater and concert worlds for 35 years as director, music director, conductor, orchestrator, and performer. He is the artistic director of MasterVoices and the music director of the recent Broadway production of My Fair Lady.
ABOUT THE FILM
The wildly creative animated story of a boy, his grandmother, his dog, his dream of winning the Tour de France, and the eccentric music-hall stars from the ’30s who save the day won many awards for its score and was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar.