Coup de foudre

I own a reproduction of this vintage poster, in need of reframing:

Mistinguett poster Casino de Paris

“Paris shining,” kinda sorta. Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois made her debut at the Casino de Paris in 1895; she was just twenty and given to theatrical routines which were somewhat saucy for the times, and she appeared in both silent and sound films, the most recent being Carosello del varietà, from 1955, the year before her death.

Mistinguett poster Moulin Rouge

You might infer from the posters that the Mistinguett gams were highly regarded, and so they were: in 1919, it is reported, she had them insured for half a million francs. Actual photographs are not quite so easy to stumble across, but it’s possible. First, an extravagant stage appearance:

Mistinguett on stage Moulin Rouge

And away from the footlights:

Mistinguett offstage

Le coup de foudre — “Love at first sight” — was the title of a 1912 short film in which she appeared opposite Charles Lorrain.



  1. fillyjonk »

    3 March 2015 · 3:36 pm

    She sang, too (a couple of compilation recordings I have contain songs she performed) but her singing is not as wonderful as her dancing apparently was.

  2. CGHill »

    3 March 2015 · 3:55 pm

    I’ve heard “Mon Homme,” but only that one song, and most of the covers I’ve heard were better.

  3. fillyjonk »

    3 March 2015 · 8:47 pm

    I think the only other one I’ve heard of hers is Je Cherche un Millionaire.. I’m guessing she had a pretty limited range and tended to be a little flat.

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