Under The Roofs Of Paris

  • 1930
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Billed upon its release as "the most beautiful film in the world," UNDER THE ROOFS OF PARIS may well have fit that description--at least at the time. In this first "100 percent French talking and singing film," Rene Clair was determined to make sound and visuals equal partners. Instead of simply employing synchronous sound techniques, he chose to use sound...read more

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Billed upon its release as "the most beautiful film in the world," UNDER THE ROOFS OF PARIS may well have fit that description--at least at the time. In this first "100 percent French talking and singing film," Rene Clair was determined to make sound and visuals equal partners. Instead of

simply employing synchronous sound techniques, he chose to use sound only when needed, refusing to toss in dialogue just for the sake of doing so.

The story itself is a simple one. Street singer Albert (Prejean) and Pola (Illery) are lovers, though she enjoys flirting with his best friend, Louis (Greville). When Albert finds himself in prison for a crime he didn't commit, the door is open for Pola and Edmond to act upon their mutual

attraction. Upon his release from prison, Albert is enraged by Pola and Edmond's romance, but the final arrangement the three arrive at is unexpected indeed. In 1931, using practically the same set of technicians, Clair went on to make his two of his greatest films--LE MILLION and A NOUS LA

LIBERTE, improvements which continued his experiments with sound. Much of this film's visual style, however, can be attributed to the great art director Lazare Meerson, who collaborated with Clair on the director's greatest works.

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