Bal, Le (1983): Ettore Scola’s Chronicle of History through Dance

Algeria (Cineproduction S.A.-Films A2, Paris), Massfilm (Rome), O.N.C.I.C. (Alger)


Representing Italy at the Oscars, Ettore Scola’s original and entertaining film is a chronicle of 50 years of French history and culture, as seen from the POV of a ballroom, to which people come and go.


Wordless, with practically no dialogue or narration, the movie captures the essence of each era through music, dance, fashion, and mores.


Oscar Nominations: 1


Foreign Language Film


Oscar Context


The winner was Ingmar Bergman’s “Fanny and Alexander.”



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