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Sous les toits de Paris (1930)

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.

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René Clair

Writer:

René Clair (scenario)
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Cast

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 Paul Ollivier ... Un client du café
Gaston Modot ... Fred, le dur
Raymond Aimos Raymond Aimos ... Un gars du milieu
Thomy Bourdelle Thomy Bourdelle ... François
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

France

Language:

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

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis Klangfilm)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The opening sequence and the street scenes etc are done in a purposely built studio. See more »

Quotes

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 Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood: End of an Era (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

C'est pas Comme ça
Music by Raoul Moretti
Lyrics by René Nazelles
Performed by Albert Préjean
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this film shows a true relationship, no matter how messed up it can be.
25 December 2002 | by keekeedeeSee all my reviews

--- this film changed my views on b&w, i first saw this when i was a wee lass of 13, awkward and shy, all i had to do with myself was watch late- night t.v. i cried so hard at the end of the film i thought for sure i'd wake my mum, thank god CBC showed it again not long after that, and like the big geek i was, and probably still am, i taped it, i liked the rawness of it, the sound wasn't very good, but it didn't matter, still doesn't, i would love to make a movie that has this same feeling the absolut "realness" i dislike the crud hollywood keeps churning out, but , the fact remains that i live in this time, and am almost forced to swallow the disgraceful porridge that is cinema. it's christmas day, i think i'll go slip on my "under the rooftops of paris" and dream of a time when film still had a heart!!


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