7.3/10
1,282
12 user 12 critic

At 3:25 (1924)

Paris qui dort (original title)
Unrated | | Short, Sci-Fi | 1927 (USA)
A scientist's invisible ray freezes Paris into immobility.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Entr'acte (1924)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An absolute dada movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin dissapear.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Jean Börlin, Inge Frïss, Francis Picabia
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Albert is smitten for Pola but ends up wrongly committed in jail, in the meantime her affections are sort after by his friend, and on his release both love and friendship must be tested.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Albert Préjean, Pola Illéry, Edmond T. Gréville
Ménilmontant (1926)
Short | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A couple is brutally murdered in the working-class district of Paris. Later on, the narrative follows the lives of their two daughters, both in love with a Parisian thug and leading them to separate ways.

Director: Dimitri Kirsanoff
Stars: Nadia Sibirskaïa, Yolande Beaulieu, Guy Belmont
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

This movie shows us one day in Berlin, the rhythm of that time, starting at the earliest morning and ends in the deepest night.

Director: Walter Ruttmann
Stars: Paul von Hindenburg
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The life of a great city (Paris) from dawn until dusk, including the beautiful and the ragged, the rich and the poor, with little or no comment (intertitles) from the director, Cavalcanti (whose first film this was).

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Blanche Bernis, Nina Chousvalowa, Philippe Hériat
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A pulsing, kaleidoscope of images set to an energetic soundtrack. A young women swings in a garden; a woman's face smiles. The rest is spinning cylinders, pistons, gears and turbines, ... See full summary »

Directors: Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy
Stars: Kiki of Montparnasse, Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy
Short | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An impoverished girl tries to sell matches on NYE. Shivering with cold and unable to sell her wares, she sits in a sheltered nook. Striking a match to keep warm, she sees things in the flame.

Directors: Jean Renoir, Jean Tédesco
Stars: Catherine Hessling, Eric Barclay, Jean Storm
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Seeking better life, two convicts escape from prison.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Raymond Cordy, Henri Marchand, Rolla France
Anemic Cinema (1926)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A spiral design spins dizzily. It's replaced by a spinning disk. These two continue in perfect alternation until the end: a spiral design, a disk. Each disk is labelled and can be read as ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Duchamp
The Golem (1920)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates the Golem - a giant creature made of clay. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.

Directors: Carl Boese, Paul Wegener
Stars: Paul Wegener, Albert Steinrück, Ernst Deutsch
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

On his way through the woods to his marriage, Fadinard's horse eats the hat of a married lady spending here a few moments with her lover. Fadinard has to find the very same rare hat to ... See full summary »

Director: René Clair
Stars: Alice Tissot, Alexis Bondireff, Marise Maia
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Vienna in the biggest depression, directly after WW1. In a slum, Lila Leid, the wife of lawyer Leid is murdered, Egon, secretary of one of Leid's clients is arrested. He was with her, and ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Asta Nielsen, Greta Garbo, Ágnes Eszterházy
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Henri Rollan ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Martinelli ...
The scientist (as Martinelli)
Louis Pré Fils ...
Detective
...
Madeleine Rodrigue ...
Hesta, the airline passenger
...
Antoine Stacquet ...
The rich man (as Stacquet)
Marcel Vallée ...
International thief
Edit

Storyline

Early roots of sci-fi magic are given to us in the form of a scientist who invents a ray that makes people caught in its beam fall asleep where they stand. With magical and wonderful shots of a Paris long gone, it is the adventure of a group of unaffected who with their sudden freedoms play the game of mice while the cat is away. With a narrative that sways toward a moralistic stance on the principles of fair play and responsibility, this little science fiction fable can still be poignant today as when the magnificent views were first shot from the dizzy heights of the Eiffel Tower. Written by Cinema_Fan

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

At 3:25  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film is featured on the Criterion Collection DVD for Sous les toits de Paris (1930). See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A foundation for contemporary films
6 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

It's always nice to watch various films from a relatively long time ago in order to get a grasp of what set the standards for the discourses of today. "Paris qui dort" is a science fiction short which establishes several motifs of today's science fiction fancy.

Paris sleeps. People who were high above the ground, either in the Eiffel Tower or in an airplane come down to find a city almost frozen in time. Water, machines, regular things move, it's just that all the people are asleep. The characters then get to live their wildest dreams of freedom and riches until it just starts to not work out for them.

Some images, such as the initial main character's approach to a fountain, are immediately recognized as used in 28 Days Later... The sleeping people are often set in the same sort of not-quite-frozen, not-quite animated set-up that's later used in Dark City. It's interesting to see such images become inspiration for entire other works we recognize today.

Unfortunately, the short itself hardly feels able to stand on its own anymore. The initial shot of a static Paris has cars moving at the edge of the frame. The characters' own boredom unfortunately connects well with the modern audiences own. However, it's still creative and interesting enough to be worthy of recognition and to be respected for what it's done.

--PolarisDiB


12 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page