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Director:
Writer:
René Clair (scenario)
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Release Date:
2 January 1930 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 8 February 2014, 6:00 PM, PST)

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Paris Nostalghia See more (11 total) »

Cast

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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Delphine Abdala ... La buraliste (uncredited)
Raymond Blot ... Un membre de la bande à Fred (uncredited)
Léon Courtois ... L'inspecteur (uncredited)
Édouard Francomme ... Un membre de la bande à Fred (uncredited)
André Michaud ... Un agent (uncredited)
Jane Pierson ... La dame du premier (uncredited)
Louis Pré Fils ... Le locataire du troisième (uncredited)
Eugène Stuber ... Un membre de la bande à Fred (uncredited)
Louis Zellas ... Le consommateur jaloux (uncredited)
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Directed by
René Clair 
 
Writing credits
René Clair (scenario)

Original Music by
Raoul Moretti 
Vincent Scotto 
 
Cinematography by
Georges Périnal 
Georges Raulet 
 
Film Editing by
René Le Hénaff 
 
Art Direction by
Lazare Meerson 
 
Costume Design by
René Hubert 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Georges Lacombe .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
W. Morhenn .... sound director
Hermann Storr .... sound director
 
Music Department
Armand Bernard .... music arranger
René Nazelles .... lyrics
Bruce Sievier .... English lyrics
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sous les toits de Paris" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
96 min
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1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Tobis Klangfilm) | Silent
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The opening sequence and the street scenes etc are done in a purposely built studio.See more »
Quotes:
Albert, a young street singer:[On seeing Pola bedding down on his bedroom floor] Okay, take the bed, I'll sleep on the floor.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Langlois (1970)See more »
Soundtrack:
C'est pas comme caSee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Paris Nostalghia, 17 January 2007
Author: zolaaar from Berlin, GER

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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