La Vie Parisienne

A 38-year-old Coin-op Pinball by Bally Mfg.

Not emulated yet.


La Vie Parisienne © 1980 Bally.


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The title of this pinball machine translates from French as "The Parisian Life".

La Vie Parisienne was originally an Opéra-bouffe composed by French composer Jacques Offenbach in 1866, with a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. It was first produced in a 5-act version at the Palais Royal, Paris on October 31, 1866. The work was revived in 4 acts (missing the original 4th act) on 25 September 1873 at the Théâtre des Variétés, Paris.
Synopsis : The story begins at the railway station, where the employees boast of all the wonderful places in France. Soon, Baron and Baroness Gondremarck arrive from frozen Stockholm for a Parisian holiday and ask tour guide Joseph Partout to show them the city's glittering night life. Finally, Pompa di Matadores, a Brazilian millionaire, arrives to spend a fortune in the capitol. In Act II, Metella, a prostitute with a heart of gold, reads a letter from Baron Gondremarck's friend, Baron Frascata asking her to give Gondremarck the same pleasure she once had given him. In Act III, at a party, the guests vow to make their pleasure long lasting as they eye one another, waiting to see who will make the first move. Bobinet rises to greet the crowd with a drinking song. The champagne flows and Baron Gondremarck (and everyone else) gets drunk. The party turns into a wild, sensual debauch. In Act IV, The Brazilian millionaire is offering a masked ball. Metella, anxious to win back Gardefeu, is in league with the Baroness, who wants to extricate her husband from the perils of Parisian life. The Brazilian and Gabrielle the pretty glover discover the virtues of love at first sight. All ends happily.