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8 June 1928 (France) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Jean Renoir 
Jean Tédesco 
 
Writing credits
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Hans Christian Andersen  story
Jean Renoir  writer

Cinematography by
Jean Bachelet 
 
Art Direction by
Erik Aaes 
 

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Also Known As:
"La petite marchande d'allumettes" - France (original title)
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40 min
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Lucia Joyce, daughter of James Joyce, dances a small duet as a toy soldier in this film. She had studied under Isadora Duncan's eccentric brother Raymond.See more »
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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Striking visuals undermined by a miscast lead, 17 July 2007
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

La Petite Marchande D'Allumettes aka The Little Match Girl also suffers from an unconvincing and badly cast lead performance from Mrs Renoir, Catherine Hessling, who looks anything but little and more than capable of looking after herself, which certainly takes the edge off Hans Christian Andersen's tale. Indeed, the film makes a couple of attempts to write itself out of the problem by portraying her as more than usually stupid, but they feel more like in-jokes than anything else. It's a shame, because the film itself is an impressively staged fantasy with great special effects and some interesting visual experimentation with camera speed and focus amid the unashamedly romantic treatment of the fantasy scenes, especially the sequence where the girl and her toy soldier are chased through the clouds by Death in the form of a relentless Hussar. If only you could care about the character. Lions Gate's transfer is rather more worn than their other Renoir titles, being mastered from a 1959 reissue with a good synchronised soundtrack.

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