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Sous les toits de Paris
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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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Technically masterful, but light on content 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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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Tobis Klangfilm) | Silent
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Trivia:
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:
References The Mandarin (1924)See more »
Soundtrack:
C'est pas comme caSee more »

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16 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Technically masterful, but light on content, 29 September 2002
Author: Pedro-37 from Switzerland

"Sous les toits de Paris", a 1930 comedy/drama was René Clairs first venture into sound film making - and is already a masterful showcase for the use of sound. It is actually a blend between silent movie and talking movie with whole sections being without any sound or the dialogue turned off. In its deliberate use of sound, the movie reminded me of Fritz Lang's "M".

Also, the sets are fantastic. They show the "lower" quarters of Paris as both a fantastic place and a realist place. It gives the movie a very nice touch.

But the story isn't that fantastic. It's a simplistic plot about a man falling in love. He's getting arrested. In the meantime, his best friend falls in love with his girl. I think Clair wasn't out to write something terribly new but used this simple, yet lovely story to carry his technical idea about sound (he was at that time still a strong defender of the silent cinema). Also, he wanted to show the "other" life in Paris, the low life. And he succeeds quite well at that.

All that said, however, I have to add that this isn't my kind of film. I appreciate its virtuoso style for its time, I even might consider it a classic to some extend because it led the way for a generation of film makers - but personally, it doesn't do much for me. I watch it sort of emotionless. Overall, I'd give it a very personal

6/10

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