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The Last Billionaire (1934)

Le dernier milliardaire (original title)
A satirical view of the problems of capitalism - a small state on the brink of bankruptcy invites a foreign billionaire to rule, who soon becomes an insane dictator.

Director:

René Clair

Writer:

René Clair
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Cast

Cast overview:
Max Dearly ... Banco
Sinoël Sinoël ... Le premier ministre
Paul Ollivier ... Chamberlain (as Paul Olivier)
Marthe Mellot Marthe Mellot ... La reine de Casinario
Charles Redgie Charles Redgie ... Crown Prince Nicolas
Renée Saint-Cyr ... Princess Isabelle (as Renée St-Cyr)
Marcel Carpentier Marcel Carpentier ... Detective Brown
Raymond Cordy ... Valet
José Noguéro José Noguéro ... Band Leader
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On the verge of revolution, the bankrupt kingdom of Casinaria begs the richest man in the world to pay a visit and offer financial advice. Upon his arrival our hero is accidentally hit on the head and he later awakens as a babbling imbecile.

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An unknown masterpiece
14 August 2013 | by jeffcarolynclarkSee all my reviews

Rene Clair was arguably the greatest director in the world in the period from 1929 - 1933. "Under The Roofs of Paris", "Le Million". A Nous La Liberte" and "Quatorze Juliet" had been huge hits in France and received acclaim around the world from critics and filmmakers. All of these films are well known and represented in current film histories. What is so surprising is that his next film "Le Dernier Millionarde" (The Last Billionaire) is both almost completely unknown and unappreciated. The story seems in retrospect to have been a prescient warning of the dangers of Nazism, combining an absurd political plot with some brilliant comedic acting. The editing is extremely advanced for 1934, and pioneers the use of some techniques later used in Citizen Kane (ie the fake newsreel). See it if you can find it.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Último Milionário See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pathé-Natan See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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