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Come take an avant-garde walk in the Montparnasse of the late 1920's. This district of Paris, filmed in a most unusual way... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The Forgotten: From Life
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Cast

 

Luis Buñuel ... Himself
Fujita ... Himself
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti ... Himself
Enrico Prampolini ... Himself
Luigi Russolo ... Himself

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Eugene Deslaw  (as Eugène Deslaw)
 
Produced by
Pierre Braunberger .... producer
 

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17 min | France:15 min (DVD)
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Lyrical Realism And A Documentary Approach, 2 July 2010

As you probably will know by now, mein liebers, this German count prefers the cosy dark and humid Schloss chambers and is reluctant to put his aristocratic feet outside its thick walls, This is due to laziness, the aristocrat's favourite vice from among the seven deadly sins. So if someone were to suggest an outing to a place crowded by frenchified commoners and-even worse-artists- there is little chance this German count would risk going to such a dangerous place.

Fortunately, this Herr Von hasn't the need to makes such a risky expedition because Herr Eugene Deslaw did it for him (and for all aristocrats) by making his short film "Montparnasse" in the silent year of 1929. Thanks to Herr Deslaw and his cameraman, this Herr Graf, together, with youngster silent fans, can watch the daily life in that well-known district of Paris from a safe distance. Montparnasse has been famous since the beginning of the last century for being a home and workplace for artists ( painters, sculptors, writers, film directors ). The film shows them at work and finds time to spend in the popular night spots in the district (no surprise there, given the leisurely manner of living for those bohemian artists).

Herr Deslaw creates an interesting historical portrait of Montparnasse popular life: we see artists and commoners (no close-ups for them of course), people going to work and lingering in cafes; heavy traffic; the crowded market place; much frenzied activity. While there are elements of surrealism at work in the film, it puts aside the experimental techniques common in other important silent "city films" and strives more for lyrical realism and a documentary approach. To this Herr Graff, "Montparnasse" provides a valuable witness to a fruitful artistic time in one of the most famous districts of Paris.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must sell a Picasso owned by one of his rich heiresses.

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