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4 February 1931 (Portugal) See more »
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An impoverished painter and his rival engage in a race across Paris to recover a jacket concealing a winning lottery ticket. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Annabella ... Béatrice
René Lefèvre ... Michel Bouflette
Jean-Louis Allibert ... Prosper (as Louis Allibert)
Paul Ollivier ... Granpère Tulipe
Constantin Siroesco ... Ambrosio Sopranelli
Raymond Cordy ... Le chauffeur de taxi
Vanda Gréville ... Vanda
Odette Talazac ... La cantatrice
Pedro Elviro ... Le régisseur (as Pitouto)
Jane Pierson ... L'épicière
André Michaud ... Le boucher
Eugène Stuber ... Le policier
Pierre Alcover ... Le policier
Armand Bernard ... Le chef d'orchestre
Gabrielle Rosny
Georgette Dalmas
Jean Gaubens
Teddy Michaud
Louis Musy
Louis Pré Fils
Georges Zwingel
Édouard Francomme
Franck Maurice (as Frank Maurice)
Henri Kerny
Gustave Huberdeau
Allan Durant

Directed by
René Clair 
 
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Georges Berr  play
René Clair 
Marcel Guillemaud  play

Original Music by
Armand Bernard 
Philippe Parès 
Georges Van Parys 
 
Cinematography by
Georges Périnal 
Georges Raulet 
 
Art Direction by
Lazare Meerson 
 
Costume Design by
Georges K. Benda 
 

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Also Known As:
"Le million" - France (original title)
"The Million" - International (English title) (literal title)
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81 min
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Sheer delight, 25 February 2007
Author: jcorelis from United States

In Le Million, Rene Clair, one of the cinema's great directors and great pioneers, created a gem of light comedy which for all its lightness is a groundbreaking and technically brilliant film which clearly influenced subsequent film-makers such as the Marx Brothers, Lubitsch, and Mamoulian. The plot, a witty story of a poor artist who wins a huge lottery jackpot but has to search frantically all over town for the missing ticket, is basically just a device to support a series of wonderfully witty comic scenes enacted in a dream world of the director's imagination.

One of the most impressive things about this film is that, though it is set in the middle of Paris and includes nothing actually impossible, it achieves a sustained and involving fairy-tale/fantasy atmosphere, in which it seems quite natural that people sing as much as they talk, or that a tussle over a stolen jacket should take on the form of a football game. Another memorable element is that Le Million includes what may be the funniest opera ever put on film (O that blonde-braided soprano! "I laugh, ha! ha!") Also a delight is the casting: Clair has assembled a group of amazing, sharply different character actors, each of them illustrating with deadly satiric accuracy a bourgeois French "type," so that the film seems like a set of Daumier prints come to life.

The hilarity takes a little while to get rolling, and I found the characters not as emotionally engaging as they can be even in a light comedy (as they are, for instance, in many Lubitsch films.) For these reasons I refrained from giving it the highest rating. But these minor cavils shouldn't distract from an enthusiastic recommendation.

Should you see it? By all means. Highly recommended whether you want a classic and influential work of cinema or just a fun comedy.

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