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Charleston Parade (1927)

Sur un air de Charleston (original title)
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)
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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
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Shot in three days, this surreal, erotic silent short shows a native white girl teaching a futuristic African airman the Charleston dance.

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Country:

France

Release Date:

19 March 1927 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Charleston See more »

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Néo-Film See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Gotta dance
2 October 2007 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

As a closet completist I felt I must see this one, even though what I knew about it wasn't prepossessing. And the result: a piece of exuberant tosh by Renoir - the classics were definitely a long way off.

In 2028 black-faced Negro flies in to Terra Incognito - post War France - in a sphere and is ensnared by an indefatigable dancing scantily clad white aborigine woman. Although he too has a sense of rhythm he's especially impressed by her either dancing first in slow- and then fast-mo. Slinky and shameless dance moves, a telephone drawn on the wall and 5 bodiless grinning angels are highlights - give me Tex Avery anyday! Hessling was certainly good to look at (personally speaking of course) but even though it's so short it still drags without a coherent plot.

But! This wasn't meant to be heavy, and as knockabout sci-fi it was an interesting 19 minutes - I might even watch it again sometime.


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