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I guess this 3-minute short really counts as one of the world's first
music videos as it was apparently made to accompany a song. The story
is split into two parts, the first being toute seule (all alone). In
this section we see a rather down-at-heel young lady, obviously a
victim to the demon alcohol and Lord knows what else, taking a drink at
a table outside a café. She has bags under her eyes and a missing
tooth, but it's clear she could have been a beauty in her day. She sees
all the people with someone to love as she wanders derelict streets. In
the second part of the film, we see another woman who, having been
cruelly rejected for another by the man she loves, commits suicide by
jumping into a river.
You'll gather from the above description that this isn't the cheeriest of films, but it does have a wonderful Gallic atmosphere, and offers the viewer some tantalising glimpses of narrow Parisian streets. Definitely worth catching if you can find it.
This short film by Germaine Dulac is a mystery: generally the date given is 1928, but many historians simply forget to even mention the film at all... Now the mystery can be lifted, since it was released as part of a French DVD(Retour de flamme, by Serge Bromberg's Lobster films) compiling restored shorts and cartoons, and transferred complete with the authentic original musical accompaniment, revealing that the film was in fact intended as an illustration of a song(The title of the film), which was in fact 3 minutes long, and which was recorded in 1930, which is obviously the accurate date for the film as well. It is, as usual with Mrs Dulac, highly impressionistic, whatever that means. Consider it as an early clip, in a gloomy, Frenchly poetic style.
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