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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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THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL (Jean Renoir, 1928) **1/2 See more (16 total) »


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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 


Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La petite marchande d'allumettes" - France (original title)
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40 min
Aspect Ratio:
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 (1974) (TV)See more »


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THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL (Jean Renoir, 1928) **1/2, 7 June 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

A stylish short-film updating of the popular Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale accompanied by a score that includes excerpts from two celebrated classical pieces – Wagner's "The Walkyrie" and Moussorgsky's "Night On Bald Mountain". Catherine Hessling (naturally) is an affecting if over-age lead and, once again, the film was originally longer but its initial run was interrupted by a plagiarism suit and it was only two years later that it was eventually re-released as we know it today!

While obviously commenting on the class struggle and the inevitable hand of fate – themes which, interestingly enough, resurfaced via a very similar plot-line in the first episode of Renoir's directorial swan song, the made-for-TV THE LITTLE THEATRE OF JEAN RENOIR (1970) – the accent here is once again on special effects enacting the titular character's dream sequence in a toy shop, which culminates in a chase across the skies involving the girl and two rival military officers on horseback (which, curiously enough, brought to mind the melodramatic excesses of the fantasy sequences in the later Powell & Pressburger films!

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