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


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#1 of 24 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted July 31 2005 - 06:09 AM

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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)

2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#2 of 24 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted July 31 2005 - 06:19 AM

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)
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#3 of 24 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted July 31 2005 - 06:21 AM

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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) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Grand Maneuver (1955)
Beauties of the Night (1952) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Beauty of the Devil (1950) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Silence Is Golden (1947)
And Then There Were None (1945) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
It Happened Tomorrow (1944) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Forever and a Day (1943) (segment "1897") Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
I Married a Witch (1942) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Flame of New Orleans (1941)
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Break the News (1938)
The Ghost Goes West (1935) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Last Millionaire (1934)
July 14 (1933)
À nous la liberté (1931) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Million, Le (1931) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Under the Roofs of Paris (1930) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
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) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Entr'acte (1924) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image






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#4 of 24 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted July 31 2005 - 06:22 AM

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Titles in RED are theatrical screenings

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) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
Forever and a Day (1943) (segment "1897") Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
I Married a Witch (1942) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Flame of New Orleans (1941) Posted Image Posted Image
Break the News (1938)
The Ghost Goes West (1935) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Last Millionaire (1934)
July 14 (1933)
À Nous la Liberté (1931) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Le Million (1931) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (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) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)

Seen 8
Own 4
       

#5 of 24 OFFLINE   Mario Gauci

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Posted July 31 2005 - 06:31 AM

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).

#6 of 24 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted July 31 2005 - 06:46 AM

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? Posted Image
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Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#7 of 24 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted July 31 2005 - 06:49 AM

Very rarely...no time...no time!
       

#8 of 24 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted July 31 2005 - 07:35 AM

RENE CLAIR

Seen: 4
Like: 0
Own: 0

Rank order:

And Then There Were None (1945) (as Rene Clair)
I Married a Witch (1942)
Million, Le (1931)
à 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. Posted Image
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#9 of 24 OFFLINE   Steve Christou

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Posted July 31 2005 - 10:23 AM

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#10 of 24 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted July 31 2005 - 02:25 PM

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.

#11 of 24 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted November 16 2005 - 11:19 PM

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Posted April 15 2006 - 01:25 AM

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#13 of 24 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted July 07 2006 - 03:50 AM

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The Flame of New Orleans - B+
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#14 of 24 OFFLINE   Martin Teller

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Posted October 31 2006 - 08:01 AM

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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Posted July 14 2007 - 12:44 AM

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Posted October 18 2007 - 01:10 PM

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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Posted December 28 2007 - 04:09 AM

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) http://static.hometh...milies_star.gif">
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 liberta (1931)
Million, Le (1931)
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)

#18 of 24 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted January 31 2008 - 11:06 AM

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#19 of 24 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted March 06 2009 - 11:52 PM

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