Review: ‘Le Million’

Story [from the play by Georges Berr and M. Guillemand] is that of an impecunious painter in love with a girl in the opera ballet. It is fanciful, with no attempt at probability, but is highly entertaining.

Story [from the play by Georges Berr and M. Guillemand] is that of an impecunious painter in love with a girl in the opera ballet. It is fanciful, with no attempt at probability, but is highly entertaining.

Director Rene Clair has a new trick of having a tune with lyrics applying to a certain thought played during appropriate silent sequences. There is a song about remorse, or a song about helplessness, sung when the principals are in appropriate situations, but without the principals singing themselves.

Some of the tunes are catchy. Direction, photo and sound are excellent. Femme lead is by Annabella, vastly better than at the time of Abel Gance’s Napoleon. She is a looker, acts well and her voices registers very clearly. Vanda Greville, English, does a foreign vamp with a strong accent. Cost of the film was fully $80,000.

Le Million

France

Production

Tobis. Director Rene Clair; Screenplay Rene Clair; Camera Georges Perinal; Editor Rene Le Henaff; Music Armand Bernard, Philippe Pares, Georges Van Parys; Art Director Lazare Meerson

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1931. Running time: 85 MIN.

With

Annabella Rene Lefebvre Constantin Stroesco Paul Ollivier Odette Talazac Vanda Greville
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