6.0/10
560
15 user 6 critic

Sur un air de Charleston (1927)

Shot in three days, this surreal, erotic silent short shows a native white girl teaching a futuristic African airman the Charleston dance.

Director:

Jean Renoir

Writers:

André Cerf (idea by), Pierre Lestringuez (scenario)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Short | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An impoverished girl tries to sell matches on NYE. Shivering with cold and unable to sell her wares, she sits in a sheltered nook. Striking a match to keep warm, she sees things in the flame.

Directors: Jean Renoir, Jean Tédesco
Stars: Catherine Hessling, Eric Barclay, Jean Storm
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After her father's death and her uncle having drunk all the inheritance, Virginia is left alone. She is accepted by a family of bohemians but a quarrel between the bohemians and the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Catherine Hessling, Charlotte Clasis, Pierre Champagne
Drama | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A news-reel like movie about early part of the French Revolution, shown from the eyes of individual people, citizens of Marseille, counts in German exile and, of course the king Louis XVI, ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Pierre Renoir, Lise Delamare, Louis Jouvet
Nana (1926)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When the vivacious and beautiful Nana bombs at the Théâtre des Variétés, she embarks on the life of a courtesan, using her allure and charisma to entice and pleasure men.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Catherine Hessling, Pierre Lestringuez, Jacqueline Forzane
Experiment in Evil (TV Movie 1959)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Mr. Joly, doctor Cordelier's lawyer, is amazed to discover that his client and friend leaves his possessions to a stranger, Opale, a sadistic criminal. He needs this man to prove that people's behavior can be adjusted at will...

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Jean-Louis Barrault, Teddy Bilis, Sylviane Margollé
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An upper-class corporal from Paris is captured by the Germans when they invade France in 1940. Assisted and accompanied by characters as diverse as a morose dairy farmer, a waiter, a myopic... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Jean-Pierre Cassel, Claude Brasseur, O.E. Hasse
Tire au flanc (1928)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Georges Pomiès, Michel Simon, Félix Oudart
Animation | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A hungry mosquito spots and follows a man on his way home. The mosquito slips into the room where the man is sleeping, and gets ready for a meal. His first attempts startle the man and wake him up, but the mosquito is very persistent.

Director: Winsor McCay
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Aldo Nadi, Jackie Monnier, Enrique Rivero
La Chienne (1931)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A woman and her pimp exploit a painter for money.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Michel Simon, Janie Marèse, Georges Flamant
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A gang of thieves utilizes a cross-road garage as the hideaway. During their last caper, the gang has accidentally murdered a jewel thief, and the heat is on.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Pierre Renoir, Georges Térof, Winna Winifried
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Polish countess Elena falls in love to a French radical party's candidate, a general, in pre-World War I Paris, but another officer pines for her.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Jean Marais, Mel Ferrer
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Catherine Hessling ... Parisian Savage
Johnny Hudgins Johnny Hudgins ... African Explorer
Pierre Braunberger Pierre Braunberger ... Angel
André Cerf André Cerf ... Angel
Pierre Lestringuez Pierre Lestringuez ... Angel
Jean Renoir ... Angel
Edit

Storyline

Shot in three days, this surreal, erotic silent short shows a native white girl teaching a futuristic African airman the Charleston dance.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Sci-Fi

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

France

Release Date:

19 March 1927 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Charleston See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Néo-Film See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Private Divertimento
16 February 2007 | by FerdinandVonGalitzienSee all my reviews

"Sur Un Air De Charleston" is a good example of the evil influences that came from beyond the Atlantic sea… strange customs, garments, gastronomy or dances; modernises that almost put an end the conservatives European habits.

A reputable French director (a frenchified dichotomy… ) instead of listening day and night to "La Marseilleise", changed such martial and delicate music rhythm to Jazz, that out-of-tune Amerikan music that was fashionable during the mad 20's in Europe (with the exception of the aristocratic circles that preferred dancing in circles in to dizzy waltzes). So, due to Renoir's liking of Jazz and with some left over stock footage of his excellent and previous film "Nana" (1926), he decided to have a good time making this surreal, bizarre but funny musical silent film (a frenchified incongruity).

In 2028, a mysterious African explorer puts his aircraft on Terra incognita. He meets a charming young native that is accompanied by a chimpanzee, who is going to introduce him to a dance of the wild natives (not the chimpanzee)…, that is to say, the Charleston.

That's the bizarre story of the film, a perfect excuse to put and show the French (Dame Catherine Hessling, natürlich! ) dancing the Charleston wildly… forward, backward in fast and stop motion. Meanwhile the astonished African explorer (Herr Johnny Huggings, a black actor characterized as a negro!) learns to dance quickly and hastily.

Obviously "Sur Un Air De Charleston" is a harmless, a private divertimento, a bizarre but charming short film made to show Renoir's wife's dancing talent. It is an oeuvre that includes the atmosphere that Herr Renoir was so fond of in some of his early films besides … all that Jazz.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must dance St. Vitus's dance.


8 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed