The life of a great city (Paris) from dawn until dusk, including the beautiful and the ragged, the rich and the poor, with little or no comment (intertitles) from the director, Cavalcanti (whose first film this was).
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A city: we know it's Paris by its monuments, but it could be anywhere; the lives of the poor are the same. We see a streetwalker, a woman who sells newspapers, a sailor, a landlady, an old woman, a shop keeper, and another man. The camera shows us derelicts and the unemployed. As the clock moves, people arrive for work, shops and restaurants open, butchers carry animal carcasses. After work, it's time for pleasure and relaxation, but after midnight, danger waits. So does possibility. Written by
At times rather slow and yet all the time it gives you details of a time forgotten and lost, when there were no washing machines, no computers, television, the streets were quieter, and life was a little bit slower... My goodness have we lost a lot. The copy I saw had no music whatever, and I'm not sure if that was intentional. But it was lovely, as if it were made to be sent into outer space for people of another world to see what life is like on Earth. Maybe it was meant for us modern day people, for whom life has become like meat on a hotplate, so we can see what life was like in a time when, even if it was still difficult (for when is life ever easy?), it wasn't so destructive to our inner lives. As you can't seem to be able to get a copy of this anywhere, I'd try scouring libraries for it.
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