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Under the Roofs of Paris (1930)
"Sous les toits de Paris" (original title)

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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Albert Préjean ...
Albert
Pola Illéry ...
Pola
Edmond T. Gréville ...
Louis
Bill Bocket ...
Emile, le voleur
Paul Ollivier ...
Un client du café
Gaston Modot ...
Fred, le dur
Raymond Aimos ...
Un gars du milieu
Thomy Bourdelle ...
François
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While singing in a lower class quarter in Paris, the street singer Albert falls in love with the Romanian party girl Pola, who is the companion of the gangster Fred. One night, Albert meets with Pola, who has just found that Fred had stolen her key, and his friend Louis proposes to toss to date her. However, Albert brings her to his room and they spend the night together, with Albert sleeping on the floor and Pola on his bed. Early in the morning, the pickpocket Émile brings a bag with stolen pieces and asks Albert to keep the bag for him. When the police busts Albert's room and finds the stolen goods, he is arrested and sent to jail. Meanwhile Fred travels and Pola seeks comfort with Louis, and they stay together. When Émile is arrested by the police, he confesses that Albert is innocent and he is released and seeks out Pola. Meanwhile Fred returns to Paris and also seeks out Pola that is with Louis. The three men that are under the spell of the gorgeous lady dispute her love and ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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2 January 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo los techos de París  »

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Across the films original posters it read "All Talking! All Singing!", this was false advertisement as the film was only partial to both and still used the, then, film techniques of silent cinema too. See more »

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Albert, a young street singer: [On seeing Pola bedding down on his bedroom floor] Okay, take the bed, I'll sleep on the floor.
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C'est pas comme ca
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Music by Raoul Moretti
Lyrics by René Nazelles
Performed by Albert Préjean
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Paris Nostalghia
17 January 2007 | by (Berlin, GER) – See all my reviews

The film marvellously shows the nostalgic dream of the old Paris and its common people. With melancholic irony, Clair tells a story of the milieu of backstreets and backyards, of street singers, pickpockets, fiddlers and strange townsmen. Here, his grasp into the present does not become realistic depictions of circumstances, but a poetic romance, for which reality is only one aspect of life.

In this regard, especially the sound has turned out quite well. And how hesitantly Clair used this new technical innovation! His generally critical attitude towards sound in films induced, that "Sous les toits" is mainly composed of silent parts (including many dialog scenes), which are highlighted with music or noises such as trains driving past. The song "Sous Les Toits De Paris" of Albert, the street singer, becomes to the red thread which links several scenes and bridges time distances. A fight taking place in the dark only informs the viewer through noises. For that, we witness a dispute, where the matter is uninteresting and predictable, without any sound - shot through a glass door. One can say sound is especially used for enrichment and left out when it would be needless. Thus, a film came into being that wonderfully combines sentiment, humor and intelligence with languishingly beautiful tunes.


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