It was the beginning of the talkies.For many a director, the talkies meant canning plays.This movie is a blatant example: the cast and credits are spoken,ten years before Citizen Kane !The actors (feat Jean Gabin) come from behind the curtains and the director (?) introduces them to the audience two by two.
Mistakes and misunderstandings involving nobles (counts,barons,and the whole shebang)and proletarians (Will you be selling ice cream bars all your life?) in theaters, chic restaurants and luxury flats.As it is also a musical,there are numerous songs which are not what you call “infectious”. Gabin sings but nothing as lovely as Au Bord De L’Eau in Duvivier’s La Belle Equipe. —IMDb
Hans Steinhoff (1881-1945) Bavarian film director born in Marienberg on 10 March 1881, Hans Steinhoff abandoned his medical studies to become a theatre actor and director, before embarking on a new career in the cinema in 1922. A prolific, if frequently mediocre film maker (more than forty productions), whose choice of themes under the Third Reich was often dictated by opportunism, Steinhoff became widely known as the director of the first Nazi film, Hitleriunge Quex, the story of the Hitler Youth martyr Heinz Norkus. Made in 1933 at the dawn of the Third Reich, at a time when the Nazi dictatorship was not yet firmly consolidated, the film is interesting chiefly as a document of the prevailing mood of the times and Nazi readiness to integrate the communists into the national community. Steinhoff’s other films tended to be on the heavy side, grandiloquent but lacking in imagination, though his cinematic biographies,Robert Koch (1939), Ohm Krüger (1941) and Rembrandt (1941). were not… read more