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The Little Match Girl (1928)

La petite marchande d'allumettes (original title)
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.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Catherine Hessling ... Karen
Eric Barclay
Jean Storm Jean Storm ... Axel Ott / soldat en bois
Manuel Raaby
Amy Wells Amy Wells
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guy Ferrant Guy Ferrant
Mme. Heuschling Mme. Heuschling ... Une passante
Comtesse Tolstoi Comtesse Tolstoi ... La dame au chien
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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.

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Short | Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 June 1928 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Das kleine Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lucia Joyce, daughter of James Joyce, dances a small duet as a toy soldier in this film. She had studied under Isadora Duncan's eccentric brother Raymond. See more »

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Version of Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern (2013) See more »

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Early Renoir
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Little Match Girl, The (1928)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Jean Renoir's short film based on the story of Hans Christian Anderson features the director's then wife Catherine Hessling in the title role. The film tells the story of a poor girl who goes out on a snowy night to sell matches. She's unable to sell any and instead of going back to her shack, she stays out keeping warm from the matches. She strikes one lucky match and begins to see all sorts of strange things through a toy shop window. This film starts off pretty well but slowly gets boring as the surreal aspects of the story start to set in. The fantasy side of things are pretty good but it's clear Renoir was going for something a tad bit surreal and the budget just didn't allow for this to work. All of the fantasy sequences are good on their own but none of them are done well enough to really work. Hessling is much too old to be playing the character but she is able to bring an innocence to the role.


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