After mastering the silent film Clair had misgivings about the use of sound but you wouldn't guess it from the immediate expertise of the new medium he shows in this, his first talkie. From the remarkable opening crane shot over the rooftops of a studio-bound Paris it's clear a Master is in control. With a sparing use of dialogue he manages to create a charming and romantic musical concoction with elements of comedy.
It had a nice slice of life rhythm and not much else to engage a modern filmgoer such as myself. Rene's 30's work is a bit too simple and primitive for these young (yet horridly blind) eyes. It's one of those movies where the best scenes are rightfully included in the trailer. Ho hum. Yet wow are the songs catchy and unforgettable. In all seriousness I'll be singing the main tune for days!