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Under the Roofs of Paris (1930)

Sous les toits de Paris (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 15 December 1930 (USA)
Albert is smitten for Pola but ends up wrongly committed in jail, in the meantime her affections are sought after by his friend, and on his release both love and friendship must be tested.


René Clair


René Clair (scenario)
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Complete credited cast:
Albert Préjean ... Albert
Pola Illéry ... Pola
Edmond T. Gréville Edmond T. Gréville ... Louis
Bill Bocket Bill Bocket ... Emile, le voleur
Paul Ollivier ... Un client du café
Gaston Modot ... Fred, le dur
Raymond Aimos Raymond Aimos ... Un gars du milieu
Thomy Bourdelle ... François


While singing in a lower class quarter in Paris, the street singer Albert falls in love with the Romanian party girl Pola, who is the companion of the gangster Fred. One night, Albert meets with Pola, who has just found that Fred had stolen her key, and his friend Louis proposes to toss to date her. However, Albert brings her to his room and they spend the night together, with Albert sleeping on the floor and Pola on his bed. Early in the morning, the pickpocket Émile brings a bag with stolen pieces and asks Albert to keep the bag for him. When the police busts Albert's room and finds the stolen goods, he is arrested and sent to jail. Meanwhile Fred travels and Pola seeks comfort with Louis, and they stay together. When Émile is arrested by the police, he confesses that Albert is innocent and he is released and seeks out Pola. Meanwhile Fred returns to Paris and also seeks out Pola that is with Louis. The three men that are under the spell of the gorgeous lady dispute her love and ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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American premiere was at the Little Carnegie Playhouse in New York on 15 December 1930. (New York Evening Post,15 December 1930) See more »


Albert, a young street singer: [On seeing Pola bedding down on his bedroom floor] Okay, take the bed, I'll sleep on the floor.
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Featured in My Journey Through French Cinema (2016) See more »


Sous les Toits de Paris
Music by Raoul Moretti
Lyrics by René Nazelles
Performed by Albert Préjean
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song of France
19 January 2019 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

René Clair's "Sous les toits de Paris" ("Under the Roofs of Paris" in English) manages to strike the right balance between happy and gritty. This jolly musical tells the story of a love affair between street singer Albert and Romanian immigrant Pola. Or at least, they attempt a romance. They're surrounded by all manner of lowlifes. This is not the gay Paree that we expect.

Released when talkies were still in their relative infancy, the movie has sound scenes, but also silent ones. It finds the right balance between them. Moreover, the characters are complex if lowly individuals. Watching it all these years later, I wonder which direction French cinema would've taken had World War II not happened.

Anyway, outstanding movie. Not the greatest by any stretch, but still impressive.

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French | Romanian

Release Date:

15 December 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajo los techos de París See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Films Sonores Tobis See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis Klangfilm)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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