The shy and inexperienced lawyer Frémissin defends M. Garadoux, who is charged with having ill-treated his wife. Frémissin fails miserably, whereupon Garadoux is sentenced to prison. Two years pass. Frémissin falls in love with the beautiful Cécile and tries to win her over. Meanwhile, Garadoux now a widower and released from prison asks Cécile’s father, M. Thibaudier, for Cécile’s hand against her will … —IMDb
Born under the name of René Chomette in 1898, René Clair René Clair started life as a journalist and then turned to the cinema in 1920. At first an actor and assistant director, he started making films with Paris qui dort and Entr’acte (1924), a pearl of the surrealist cinema.
Commercial success and critical acclaim came with the brilliant farce comedy, An Italian Straw Hat (1927) followed by his famous early musical talkies, Le Million (1931) and A nous la liberté (1932). He continued his career in Hollywood during the war and came back to France to make the films of his mature years, Le Silence est d’or (1947) et Les Grandes manœuvres (1955). René Clair was elected to the Académie Française in 1960 and died in 1981. —Octuor de France