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Le silence est d'or (1947)

1910 : A friend leaves his daughter, Madeleine, with Emile a French film producer. Emile falls in love with her. Problems starts when his young friend Jacques returns from military service ... See full summary »

Director:

René Clair

Writer:

René Clair (scenario & dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Chevalier ... Emile Clément
François Périer ... Jacques Francet
Marcelle Derrien ... Madeleine Célestin
Dany Robin ... Lucette
Raymond Cordy ... Le Frisé (as R. Corby)
Bernard Lajarrige Bernard Lajarrige ... Paulo (as B. Lajarrige)
Paul Ollivier Paul Ollivier ... Le comptable (as P. Olivier)
Christiane Sertilange Christiane Sertilange ... Marinette (as Ch. Sertilange)
Roland Armontel ... Célestin - un acteur de théâtre (as Mm. Armontel)
Paul Demange ... Le sultan de Socotora (as P. Demange)
Max Dalban Max Dalban ... Cricri - un machiniste (as M. Dalban)
Jean Daurand Jean Daurand ... Alfred - un machiniste (as J. Dauran)
Albert Michel Albert Michel ... Zanzi (as A. Michel)
Gaston Modot ... Gustave - le caméraman (as G. Modot)
Robert Pizani Robert Pizani ... Monsieur Duperrier (as R. Pizani)
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1910 : A friend leaves his daughter, Madeleine, with Emile a French film producer. Emile falls in love with her. Problems starts when his young friend Jacques returns from military service complaining his misfortune with women. Once he follows Emile's advice to have an affair, he meets Lucette and falls in love with her instead. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Language:

French

Release Date:

21 May 1947 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Man About Town See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Award: Prix Méliès (France, 1947). See more »


Soundtracks

Pigalle
Music by Georges Ulmer
Lyrics by Georges Ulmer and Georges Koger
Performed by Maurice Chevalier
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Paris Revisited With Affection
14 June 2012 | by cstotlar-1See all my reviews

I haven't seen this film in the U.S. so I can't say how well it translated or made it to the screen here. Clair is clearly not nouvelle vague of late 50's of early 60's but he was a firebrand in his own surrealistic time. Someone called this film a valentine and I agree whole-heartedly. It's perhaps not so surprising to notice the French treatment of Maurice Chevalier as opposed to the American one. Still the portrait treats him with affection - by-gone affection - with a slightly tarnished surface that the French understood in a trice. The recreation of the Paris of the time was loving if not realistic, but who is looking for realism in a confection of this order? Clair did what he's done in the past with a slight update and I find nothing whatsoever to complain about. The parts come together with the perfection I expect from the auteur and the journey is extremely nice. Addendum - I bought a copy of the DVD of this film that was in terrible shape. It deserves much better than that. Update - I looked at "Man About Town" once more and it still fails on just about every perspective. The French version as I mentioned above is kind to Chevalier but not adoring in any way. In the Americanized version he's actually commenting on his own misbehavior with an "ooo la la" attitude strong enough to curdle milk. Curtis Stotlar


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