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René Clair (scenario & dialogue)
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Release Date:
21 May 1947 (France) See more »
1910 : A friend leaves his daughter, Lucette, with Emile a French film producer. Emile falls in love with her... See more » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Paris Revisited With Affection See more (3 total) »


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Maurice Chevalier ... Emile Clément
François Périer ... Jacques Francet
Marcelle Derrien ... Madeleine Célestin

Dany Robin ... Lucette

Raymond Cordy ... Le Frisé
Bernard La Jarrige ... Paulo
Paul Ollivier ... Le comptable
Christiane Sertilange ... Marinette
Roland Armontel ... Célestin - un acteur de théâtre

Paul Demange ... Le sultan de Socotora
Max Dalban ... Cricri - un machiniste
Jean Daurand ... Alfred - un machiniste
Albert Michel ... Zanzi

Gaston Modot ... Gustave - le caméraman
Robert Pizani ... Monsieur Duperrier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruno Balp
Robert Berri
Jean Berton ... Un spectateur
Georges Bever ... Le ministre
Fernand Blot
Albert Broquin ... Un machiniste
Marcel Charvey ... Le contrôleur
Maurice Derville
Raymond Destac ... Le partenaire entreprenant (as Tristan Sévère)
Cécile Didier ... L'habilleuse
Pierre Duncan ... Le vizir
Paul Faivre ... Le cocher
Édouard Francomme
Colette Georges
Fernand Gilbert

Danielle Godet ... Une spectatrice
Harry-Max ... Un spectateur
Maud Lamy ... La dame du bus
Jean-Jacques Lécot
Frédéric Mariotti ... Un machiniste
Simone Michels
Philippe Olive ... L'agent de police
René Pascal
Léon Pauléon ... Le gros danseur
Jane Pierson ... Rose - la femme de chambre d'Emile
Ribour ... La danseuse
Nicole Riche
Georges Sauval
Sylvain ... Un passant
Victor Vina
Yvonne Yma ... La concierge
Eugène Yvernès
Zélie Yzelle ... La bouquetière

Directed by
René Clair 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
René Clair  scenario & dialogue

Produced by
René Clair .... producer
Robert Pirosh .... associate producer (uncredited)
Adrien Remaugé .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Georges Van Parys 
Cinematography by
Armand Thirard 
Film Editing by
Louisette Hautecoeur 
Henri Taverna 
Production Design by
Léon Barsacq 
Set Decoration by
Léon Barsacq 
Guy de Gastyne 
Costume Design by
Christian Dior 
Production Management
Georges Charlot .... unit production manager
Henri Lepage .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pierre Blondy .... assistant director
Art Department
André Bakst .... assistant art director
Maurice Barnathan .... set dresser
Robert Clavel .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Antoine Archimbaud .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Alain Douarinou .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Micheline Bonnet .... dresser
René Decrais .... wardrobe
Germaine Holden .... dresser
Other crew
André Deroual .... production administrator
Hans Billmann .... german poster designer: 1960 (uncredited)
Robert Pirosh .... additional director: American version (uncredited)
Robert Pirosh .... english adaptation (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Man About Town" - UK (imdb display title), USA (review title)
"Silence Is Golden" - International (English title) (literal title)
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100 min | Germany:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

Award: Prix Méliès (France, 1947).See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in To Each His Own Cinema (2007)See more »
Pour les amants c'est tous les jours dimanchesSee more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Paris Revisited With Affection, 14 June 2012
Author: cstotlar-1 from United States

I haven't seen this film in the U.S. so I can't say how well it translated or made it to the screen here. Clair is clearly not nouvelle vague of late 50's of early 60's but he was a firebrand in his own surrealistic time. Someone called this film a valentine and I agree whole-heartedly. It's perhaps not so surprising to notice the French treatment of Maurice Chevalier as opposed to the American one. Still the portrait treats him with affection - by-gone affection - with a slightly tarnished surface that the French understood in a trice. The recreation of the Paris of the time was loving if not realistic, but who is looking for realism in a confection of this order? Clair did what he's done in the past with a slight update and I find nothing whatsoever to complain about. The parts come together with the perfection I expect from the auteur and the journey is extremely nice. Addendum - I bought a copy of the DVD of this film that was in terrible shape. It deserves much better than that. Update - I looked at "Man About Town" once more and it still fails on just about every perspective. The French version as I mentioned above is kind to Chevalier but not adoring in any way. In the Americanized version he's actually commenting on his own misbehavior with an "ooo la la" attitude strong enough to curdle milk. Curtis Stotlar

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