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At 3:25 (1924)

Paris qui dort (original title)
Unrated | | Short, Sci-Fi | 1927 (USA)
A scientist's invisible ray freezes Paris into immobility.

Director:

René Clair

Writer:

René Clair
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Cast

Credited cast:
Henri Rollan ... Albert
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Martinelli Charles Martinelli ... The scientist (as Martinelli)
Louis Pré Fils Louis Pré Fils ... Detective
Albert Préjean ... The pilot
Madeleine Rodrigue Madeleine Rodrigue ... Hesta, the airline passenger
Myla Seller ... The niece / daughter of the scientist
Antoine Stacquet Antoine Stacquet ... The rich man (as Stacquet)
Marcel Vallée Marcel Vallée ... International thief
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Storyline

Early roots of sci-fi magic are given to us in the form of a scientist who invents a ray that makes people caught in its beam fall asleep where they stand. With magical and wonderful shots of a Paris long gone, it is the adventure of a group of unaffected who with their sudden freedoms play the game of mice while the cat is away. With a narrative that sways toward a moralistic stance on the principles of fair play and responsibility, this little science fiction fable can still be poignant today as when the magnificent views were first shot from the dizzy heights of the Eiffel Tower. Written by Cinema_Fan

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Genres:

Short | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

At 3:25 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Films Diamant See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This film is featured on the Criterion Collection DVD for Sous les toits de Paris (1930). See more »

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Short Silent Sci-Fi Film
21 February 2008 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This silent film took me by complete surprise and I could hardly believe this film was so advanced for this production in 1925. Henri Rollan, plays the role as a watchman on the top level of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France and comes down into the city and finds people all sleeping and in suspended motion standing like frozen statues. It seems a certain scientist had discovered an invisible ray which could not reach people in airplanes or Henri who worked at the top of the Eiffel Tower. If you want to see how France looked in Paris in 1925, you will enjoy all the old cars and the 1925 fashions for men and women. By the way, this film is only 21 minutes long and went along as a second feature on a much longer film I purchased. Great film to view and enjoy.


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