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Ménilmontant (1926)

 -  Short  -  1926 (France)
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A couple is brutally murdered in the working-class district of Paris. Later on, the narrative follows the lives of their two daughters, both in love with a Parisian thug and leading them to separate ways.

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Credited cast:
Nadia Sibirskaïa ...
Younger Sister
Yolande Beaulieu ...
Older Sister
Guy Belmont ...
Young Man
Jean Pasquier ...
The father
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M. Ardouin ...
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Maurice Ronsard ...
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A couple is brutally murdered in the working-class district of Paris. Later on, the narrative follows the lives of their two daughters, both in love with a Parisian thug and leading them to separate ways.

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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Pauline Kael said this was her favorite film of all time. See more »

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Referenced in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) See more »

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When directors knew what cinematography means...
14 July 2007 | by (Xanadu) – See all my reviews

This is one movie that proves without a doubt the extraordinary capabilities of the cinematic medium to tell a story. Most of the movies today, and for that reason, most of the movies after the silent era are too concentrated in delivering a "story" to fully take advantage of the cinema medium per se. The story of Menilmontant is trivial, comparable only to the cheapest novels of the period that dealt with melodramatic episodes. The richness of the movie lies in the images. To name only a few: the moment when the main female character contemplates suicide, the beginning shot (a truly masterful use of the montage technique), the highlights of Paris in the evening, the beauty of the countryside and many others. The emphasis on the image in enhanced by the fact that inter-titles are not used (it would have been rather pointless given the story)so the viewer rests in finding meaning only on the facial expression of the characters, the editing and the composition of the shots (which is brilliant in every respect). The most striking aspect of the film is that it manages to capture and hold your attention in spite of the fact it doesn't have the comic touches of movie makers such as Chaplin or a touch of the grandiose like Griffith. 10/10


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