Le Bal

Le 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.


The entire plot takes place inside a semi-underground dance hall in Paris. It consists of a frame story set in the present and seven flashbacks, each depicting a period of the 20th century. Each flashback ends with a snapshot that leads to the next flashback (as a photograph above the bar). The same actors/dancers always play different characters.