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4.2
145 Ratings

L'argent

Directed by Marcel L'Herbier
France, 1928
Silent, Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Adapted from Émile Zola’s novel of the same name, Marcel L’Herbier’s L’Argent is an opulent classic of late silent-era cinema. Filmed in part on location at the Paris stock exchange, it reveals a world of intrigue, greed, decadence, and ultimately corruption and scandal.

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L'argent Directed by Marcel L'Herbier

Critics reviews

I have expressed my reservations about L’Herbier’s films in earlier entries, but for me L’Argent is the big exception: stylistically daring and narratively engaging. Perhaps adapting Zola led L’Herbier to make a more conventionally suspenseful film than usual.
December 28, 2018
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…Such divided opinion recalls a more recent portrayal of the One Percent’s depravity and another dazzling display of an auteur’s style, Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street (2013), which tackles our generation’s greedheads, revealing their cloistered, entitled world. The similarities between the two films – right down to the repulsive fetishizing of women – induces a similar queasiness. But both keep hammering their central lesson, which is never heeded.
September 15, 2015
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L’Argent is a siege of style: gargantuan stylized sets (often tiled as vast chessboards and loomed over by giant maps), on-location shooting at the Parisian Bourse, relentlessly restless camera runs and pivots and swoops, kaleidoscopic layered compositions that suggest a new world distorted into elephantiasic overgrowth by egos and ambitions, and so on…. [It] teems with life and flooding perspectival action in ways that are very un-silent — it’s a film that’s bursting its borders.
July 01, 2015
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