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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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Wonderful Transition between Silent and Sound Eras 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)

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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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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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 »
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 »
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Soundtrack:
C'est pas comme caSee more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful Transition between Silent and Sound Eras, 30 January 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

While singing in a lower class quarter in Paris, the street singer Albert (Albert Préjean) falls in love with the Romanian party girl Pola (Pola Illéry), who is the companion of the gangster Fred (Gaston Modot). One night, Albert meets with Pola, who has just found that Fred had stolen her key, and his friend Louis (Edmond T. Gréville) 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 (Bill Bocket) 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 only one wins.

"Sous les Toits de Paris" is a film with a wonderful transition between silent and sound eras. This is the first René Clair's film that I watched and I found very original and interesting the style of this director that uses the acting of silent movies with gestures and facial expressions and dialogs instead of intertitles, everything supported by the marvelous song "Sous les Toits de Paris" and impressive camera work. The paradox of this delightful film are the low-life characters, composed by pickpocket (Émile); gangster (Fred); a pickpocket that steals the girl of his friend (Louis); and an easy woman (Pola). It is also unusual that the girl does not end the story with the good guy, showing no commercial concern like in most of the Hollywood movies. Not only Albert, Fred and Louis, but I have also been bewitched by the beauty and charm of Pola Illéry. I did not find any information about the death of this actress in Internet. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Sob os Tetos de Paris" ("Under the Ceilings of Paris")

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