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Léonce Perret (writer)
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4 August 1913 (Denmark) See more »
The young daughter of an army captain missing in action runs away from school and is kidnapped by Parisian lowlifes. When the kidnapper flees to Nice with the child, the kind-hearted employee of one of his accomplices sets off in pursuit. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Léonce Perret ... Léonce
Louis Leubas ... Edmond Le Bachelier
Maurice Lagrenée ... Le Bosco
Émile Keppens ... Pierre de Valen
Marc Gérard ... Le savetier Tiron
Henri Duval ... Jacques de Valen (as Henry Duval)
Marie Dorly ... La gouvernante
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Suzanne Le Bret
Jeanne Marie-Laurent
Adrien Petit
Suzanne Privat

Directed by
Léonce Perret 
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Léonce Perret  writer

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Robert-Jules Garnier 

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100 min | 124 min (16 fps)
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A Captivating Treasure, 24 September 2009
Author: Gerry518 from United States

What a shame that the films of Leonce Perret are so little known in the United States! Having just seen a crisply restored version of "L'enfant de Paris" (The Child of Paris), I am now eager to see more Perret films. The Kino version of "L'enfant de Paris", at 16 frames per second, runs just over two hours long, and is captivating from beginning to end.

The story centers around a young girl who suffers the loss of both parents. Coming from a family of means, the little girl is sent to an exclusive, but strict, boarding school. After a few unhappy experiences at the school, the girl escapes, only to land in the care of a dangerous thief and a drunken cobbler. A young hunchback who works for the cobbler (young Bosco) befriends the little girl and shows her some much-needed compassion. With amazing delicacy, the story begins to focus as much on Bosco as the little girl - two children of Paris, two outcasts.

The film is epic. Many scenes were shot on location in Paris and Nice. These cities, from a century ago, are fascinating enough, but the direction by Perret is outstanding. He employs low angle and high angle shots, tracking shots and moody back lighting. Some scenes are surprisingly tense; others are wonderfully tender. The story is constructed with sophistication. The acting is generally quite subdued and realistic - very palatable for our modern tastes.

You may think that a pre-WWI film with somewhat Dickensian characters and child protagonist would be too melodramatic to be enjoyable. I found the opposite to be true; I loved this exciting early-twentieth-century slice of life. Even though this is a very old movie, I enjoyed this as much as any contemporary feature length film. If you've sampled some silent cinema and are interested in seeing another high-quality example, check out "L'enfant de Paris" on the Gaumont Treasures DVD from Kino.

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