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37 Ratings

Daïnah la métisse

Directed by Jean Grémillon
France, 1931


After three weeks and a long, hot voyage across the Pacific, an ocean liner finally arrives at its destination, Ecuador. That evening, the event is marked by a masked ball and a magic show.

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Daïnah la métisse Directed by Jean Grémillon

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  • El Biffo's rating of the film Daïnah la métisse

    This film was incomprehensibly butchered (by the distributor?) down to 48 minutes, probably about half of its original length. Jean Gremillon took his name off of it. No director is listed in the credits. Perhaps the excised footage had something to do with race issues which were controversial, who knows? Nonetheless, the extant film is remarkable, powerful, and has images strange, mysterious and unforgettable.

  • José Neves's rating of the film Daïnah la métisse

    A short treatise on cinema as rapture: mystery and intimidation, sensuality and destruction, created by the transfiguring power of images and sounds, by its evocative abstraction and its reliance on a free-form editing, associative by dissonance.The masquerade sequence is a profound demonstration of it, by its unbelievable threatening dimension that becomes credible in the eyes of the beholder, where cinema lies.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Daïnah la métisse

    Une rareté cinématographique d'un excellent et souvent méconnu réalisateur français, qui mérite le déplacement, par la présence de Charles Vanel en infâme brute épaisse. Finalement, un petit bijou inestimable pour un plutôt curieux moyen métrage...