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La tour (1928)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short | 6 April 2011 (Greece)
The great French filmmaker René Clair crafted this elegant sepia-toned profile of Paris's iconic landmark almost forty years after the Eiffel Tower took its first bow (at the 1889 ... See full summary »

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The great French filmmaker René Clair crafted this elegant sepia-toned profile of Paris's iconic landmark almost forty years after the Eiffel Tower took its first bow (at the 1889 Exposition Universelle). It clearly still fascinates and awes in this loving and playful tribute. LA TOUR takes the viewer first up and then down the mighty structure while also acting as a tribute to its eponymous designer, Gustave Eiffel. The film initially burrows into blueprints and photographs of the earliest stages of its construction ahead of the opening of the World's Fair but Clair's film revels in the completed structure itself, reverently scaling its heights and accompanying tourists on up through the various levels toward the topmost landing. Clair also makes strategic use of double exposures and dissolves in capturing the mechanical exuberance of the tower lifts (which help make the great swooping steel latticework edifice a bounding symbol of the modern age). - Robert Avila

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Clair's Tower
2 December 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This is a documentary about the famous tower which was built for the 1889 World Fair and should have been destroyed afterward but the people in Paris were wise enough to change their minds.it was made between two movies and the music was composed and added in 2003 by Arnaud Gauthier; Generally I do not go much for Clair who is the only famous French director of the thirties I have no interest in.This 14 min short will not make me change my mind.It's all the more pointless since in "Le Mystere De La Tour Eiffel",a contemporary movie ,Julien Duvivier had already given exciting shooting of the tower in the last twenty minutes.And at least to these eyes,Duvivier is a much more inventive director than the director of "14 Juillet " .


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