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Directors MORE DIRECTORS CHECKLIST SERIES - Volume #232 - The Films of RENE CLAIR

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  1. Brook K

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    Volume #232 - Rene Clair

    The Lace Wars (1965)
    "Fables de la Fontaine, Les" (1964) TV Series
    Three Fables of Love (1962) (segment "Les deux pigeons")
    Tout l'or du monde (1961)
    ... aka All the Gold in the World
    Love and the Frenchwoman (1960) (segment "Mariage, Le")
    The Gates of Paris (1957)
    ... aka Gate of Lilacs
    The Grand Maneuver (1955)
    Night Beauties (1952)
    ... aka Beauties of the Night (USA)
    The Beauty of the Devil (1950)
    ... aka Beauty and the Devil (USA)
    Silence Is Golden (1947)
    ... aka Man About Town (USA)
    And Then There Were None (1945) (as Rene Clair)
    It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
    Forever and a Day (1943) (segment "1897")
    I Married a Witch (1942)
    The Flame of New Orleans (1941)
    Break the News (1938)
    The Ghost Goes West (1935)
    The Last Millionaire (1934)
    ... aka The Last Billionaire
    July 14 (1933)
    ... aka Bastille Day
    À nous la liberté (1931)
    ... aka Liberty for Us (USA)
    Million, Le (1931)
    ... aka The Million
    Under the Roofs of Paris (1930)
    Two Timid Souls (1928)
    Tour, La (1928)
    The Horse Ate the Hat (1927)
    ... aka An Italian Straw Hat (USA)
    The Imaginary Voyage (1926)
    The Prey of the Wind (1926)
    The Phantom of the Moulin Rouge (1925)
    Paris qui dort (1925)
    ... aka Paris Asleep
    ... aka The Crazy Ray
    Entr'acte (1924)
     
  2. Brook K

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    One of the leading French directors of the 30's, Rene Clair began as an actor in the films of silent pioneer Louis Feuillade before becoming a director. He became known for his whimsical comedies and satires, and he was an innovater in the use of sound in motion pictures. He briefly went to Hollywood, making films with mixed success before returning to France after the war, but he never experienced the success of his early career.

    1. Le Million - A (Fantastically fun comedy/musical that is one of the best examples of early sound usage)
    *2. A Nous La Liberte - A-
    *3. Paris qui dort - A- (Fun and inventive sci-fi short featuring a ray that freezes time)
    *4. Under the Roofs of Paris - B+ (beautiful sets and camerawork)
    *5. The Flame of New Orleans - B+
    *6. Entr'acte - B-

    Own: 5 (Never gotten around to picking up Le Million)
     
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    RENE CLAIR (1898 - 1981)


    The Lace Wars (1965)
    Three Fables of Love (1962) (segment "Les deux pigeons")
    All the Gold in the World (1961)
    Love and the Frenchwoman (1960) (segment "Mariage, Le")
    The Gates of Paris (1957) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Grand Maneuver (1955)
    Beauties of the Night (1952) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Beauty of the Devil (1950) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Silence Is Golden (1947)
    And Then There Were None (1945) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    It Happened Tomorrow (1944) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Forever and a Day (1943) (segment "1897") [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I Married a Witch (1942) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Flame of New Orleans (1941)
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    Break the News (1938)
    The Ghost Goes West (1935) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Last Millionaire (1934)
    July 14 (1933)
    À nous la liberté (1931) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Million, Le (1931) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Under the Roofs of Paris (1930) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Two Timid Souls (1928)
    Tour, La (1928)
    The Horse Ate the Hat (1927)
    The Imaginary Voyage (1926)
    The Prey of the Wind (1926)
    The Phantom of the Moulin Rouge (1925)
    Paris Asleep (1925) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Entr'acte (1924) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Rene Clair
    Nov 11, 1898 - Mar 15, 1981

    The Lace Wars (1965)
    Three Fables of Love (1962) (segment "Les deux pigeons")
    All the Gold in the World (1961)
    Love and the Frenchwoman (1960) (segment "Mariage, Le")
    The Gates of Paris (1957)
    The Grand Maneuver (1955)
    Night Beauties (1952)
    The Beauty of the Devil (1950)
    Silence Is Golden (1947)
    And Then There Were None (1945) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
    Forever and a Day (1943) (segment "1897") [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I Married a Witch (1942) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Flame of New Orleans (1941) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Break the News (1938)
    The Ghost Goes West (1935) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Last Millionaire (1934)
    July 14 (1933)
    À Nous la Liberté (1931) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Le Million (1931) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Under the Roofs of Paris (1930) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Two Timid Souls (1928)
    La Tour (1928)
    The Horse Ate the Hat (1927)
    The Imaginary Voyage (1926)
    The Prey of the Wind (1926)
    The Phantom of the Moulin Rouge (1925)
    Paris qui dort (1925)
    Entr'acte (1924) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)

    Seen 8
    Own 4
     
  5. Mario Gauci

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    In order of merit:


    1.And Then There Were None (1945) ****
    2.Le Million (1931) ****
    3.A` Nous La liberte` (1931) ****
    4.I Married A Witch (1942) ****
    5.The Beauty Of The Devil (1950) ***1/2
    6.It Happened Tomorrow (1944) ***1/2
    7.The Ghost Goes West (1935) ***1/2
    8.Entr' Acte (1924) ***1/2
    9.Under The Roofs Of Paris (1930) ***1/2
    10.Night Beauties (1952) ***
    11.Silence Is Golden (1947) ***
    12.Paris Qui Dort (1923) ***
    13.The Gates Of Paris (1957) ***
    14.The Grand Maneuver (1955) ***
    15.Three Fables Of Love (1962) (segment "Les deux pigeons") *** - this is actually a four-part film entitled LES QUATRES VERITES!
    16.The Flame Of New Orleans (1941) **1/2


    In my opinion, Clair is one of the greatest French film-makers although he seems not to be held in such high esteem anymore, which is a pity. His post-war work shows a decline, but it is still well worth watching and recognizably Clair's - as are the films he made outside France, despite their erratic quality (but it has to be said that practically none of the great European directors who went Hollywood during WWII fared too well).

    I would love to watch all his other films, of course, but these in particular: The Imaginary Voyage (1926), An Italian Straw Hat (1927), July 14 (1933), The Last Millionaire (1934), Forever And A Day (1943) and Tout L'Or Du Monde (1961).
     
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    Bill, either Entr'acte or Paris Qui Dort is an extra on the A nous la liberte DVD (with the other being an extra on Under the Roofs of Paris). Don't you ever watch the extras? [​IMG]
     
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    Very rarely...no time...no time!
     
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    RENE CLAIR

    Seen: 4
    Like: 0
    Own: 0

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    And Then There Were None (1945) (as Rene Clair)
    I Married a Witch (1942)
    Million, Le (1931)
    Ã nous la liberte (1931)


    Very disappointing director. None of these is a terrible movie, but none of them is very good, and they all are ones that should have been great. To compare A Nous La Liberte with the much, much better Modern Times is to compare a cheese sandwich to Filet Mignon. And even the least good of the Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films is better than And Then There Were None. I watched all 4 of these with high expectations, and was disappointed each time. [​IMG]
     
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    The Lace Wars (1965)
    "Fables de la Fontaine, Les" (1964) TV Series
    Three Fables of Love (1962) (segment "Les deux pigeons")
    Tout l'or du monde (1961)
    ... aka All the Gold in the World
    Love and the Frenchwoman (1960) (segment "Mariage, Le")
    The Gates of Paris (1957)
    ... aka Gate of Lilacs
    The Grand Maneuver (1955)
    Night Beauties (1952)
    ... aka Beauties of the Night (USA)
    The Beauty of the Devil (1950)
    ... aka Beauty and the Devil (USA)
    Silence Is Golden (1947)
    ... aka Man About Town (USA)
    And Then There Were None (1945) (as Rene Clair)
    It Happened Tomorrow (1944)

    Forever and a Day (1943) (segment "1897")
    I Married a Witch (1942)
    The Flame of New Orleans (1941)
    Break the News (1938)
    The Ghost Goes West (1935)
    The Last Millionaire (1934)
    ... aka The Last Billionaire
    July 14 (1933)
    ... aka Bastille Day
    À nous la liberté (1931)
    ... aka Liberty for Us (USA)
    Million, Le (1931)
    ... aka The Million
    Under the Roofs of Paris (1930)

    Two Timid Souls (1928)
    Tour, La (1928)
    The Horse Ate the Hat (1927)
    ... aka An Italian Straw Hat (USA)
    The Imaginary Voyage (1926)
    The Prey of the Wind (1926)
    The Phantom of the Moulin Rouge (1925)
    Paris qui dort (1925)
    ... aka Paris Asleep
    ... aka The Crazy Ray
    Entr'acte (1924)


    Bolded films I've seen.

    It Happened Tomorrow is a fun little movie and IS on R1 DVD.
     
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    The Flame of New Orleans - B+
     
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    And Then There Were None (1945) - 7/10
    A Nous la Liberte (1931) - 8/10
    Million, Le (1931) - 8/10
    Under the Roofs of Paris (1930) - 7/10
    Entr'acte (1924) - 8/10


    Would definitely see more, he's delightful.
     
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    Chapeau de paille d'Italie - slapstick that actually manages to be elegant at the same time. The camera never stops.
    Le Million- I cut my teeth on this one. The scene behind the opera stage of the reconciliation is a pure delight.
    Le Silence est d'or - This one shows Maurice Chevalier as the French would see him for a refreshing change and a Gallic shrug of the shoulders.
    And Then There Were None - immeasurably better than any of its imitatations and one of the best of its kind.
    Les belles de nuit - I'd give my eyeteeth to see this one again. I caught it at the Cinematheque and the place was exploding with laughter.
     
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    The Lace Wars (1965)
    "Fables de la Fontaine, Les" (1964) TV Series
    Three Fables of Love (1962) (segment "Les deux pigeons")
    Tout l'or du monde (1961)
    ... aka All the Gold in the World
    Love and the Frenchwoman (1960) (segment "Mariage, Le")
    The Gates of Paris (1957)
    ... aka Gate of Lilacs
    The Grand Maneuver (1955)
    Night Beauties (1952)
    ... aka Beauties of the Night (USA)
    The Beauty of the Devil (1950)
    ... aka Beauty and the Devil (USA)
    Silence Is Golden (1947)
    ... aka Man About Town (USA)
    And Then There Were None (1945) (as Rene Clair)
    It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
    Forever and a Day (1943) (segment "1897")
    I Married a Witch (1942) [/b]
    Under the Roofs of Paris (1930)
    Two Timid Souls (1928)
    Tour, La (1928)
    The Horse Ate the Hat (1927)
    ... aka An Italian Straw Hat (USA)
    The Imaginary Voyage (1926)
    The Prey of the Wind (1926)
    The Phantom of the Moulin Rouge (1925)
    Paris qui dort (1925)
    ... aka Paris Asleep
    ... aka The Crazy Ray
    Entr'acte (1924)
     
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    Entr'acte (1924) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)

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    Own 4
     
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