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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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Early Renoir, 26 February 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Little Match Girl, The (1928)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Jean Renoir's short film based on the story of Hans Christian Anderson features the director's then wife Catherine Hessling in the title role. The film tells the story of a poor girl who goes out on a snowy night to sell matches. She's unable to sell any and instead of going back to her shack, she stays out keeping warm from the matches. She strikes one lucky match and begins to see all sorts of strange things through a toy shop window. This film starts off pretty well but slowly gets boring as the surreal aspects of the story start to set in. The fantasy side of things are pretty good but it's clear Renoir was going for something a tad bit surreal and the budget just didn't allow for this to work. All of the fantasy sequences are good on their own but none of them are done well enough to really work. Hessling is much too old to be playing the character but she is able to bring an innocence to the role.

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