Paris accordion music
A documentary directed by Jean-Pierre Beaurenaut.
- Duration: 52 min
- Director: Jean-Pierre Beaurenaut
- Release date: 1993
- Co-production: La Sept Les Films du Village
- Languages: English français
- Participation: CNC Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication et de la Communication des Grands Travaux Mission du Patrimoine Ethnologique Procirep SACEM
- Broadcast format: Digital Betacam
- Distribution: Zaradoc
For over 50 years, couples swirled to the music of the accordion in the little ballrooms of the Bastille quarter commonly called the Bastoche or in the open-air dance halls on the bank of the Marne River.
This instrument was the faithful companion of all the popular street singers like Frehel, Piaf, Montant, Gréco and Brel. How come this instrument invented by an Austrian and brought to France by North Italian immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century, became the main instrument of this Parisian-born popular music? Paris Accordion tells the love story full of tenderness, nostalgia and merriness between Paname and the trill-box.