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Release Date:
8 June 1928 (France) See more »
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
(in alphabetical order)
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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1.33 : 1 See more »
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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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Version of The Little Match Girl (1987) (TV)See more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Bleak adaption of famous story, 2 January 2006
Author: Gblakelii from United States

Although this version hits on many of the points in the original story, there is no doubt that this is director Jean Renoir's very own interpretation. He perhaps outdoes Hans Christian Andersen in conveying a harsh reality with little or no recompense. The finale is heavy laden with symbolism of which might have been some influence to Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane". Renoir himself seems to have been influenced by Andersen's "Steadfast Tin Soldier" and Victor Herbert's "Babes in Toyland(1903)". And the life size dolls remind one of Maria in "Metropolis(German, 1927)". The New Year's story should be familiar to most- one sorrowful day in the life of a poor girl, without happiness at home nor on the job. This particular adaption presents a girl much older than seen elsewhere and is set in the present. Ranks a close third behind the 1937 cartoon and the near perfect 1986 British musical film. With sound effects and music, the latter used particularly well with a rendition of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries", which of course(to Western fans)was also used with great results in My Name Is Nobody(Italian, 1974). The video edition viewed had fair to good picture quality.

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