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172 Ratings

L'inhumaine

Directed by Marcel L'Herbier
France, 1924
Drama, Silent

Synopsis

In a strange world not unlike our own, a beautiful opera singer draws important men to her like moths to a flame, basking in the attention of her admirers. Among them is a young scientist. When she mocks him, he leaves her house with the declared intention to kill himself…

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L'inhumaine Directed by Marcel L'Herbier
It’s less a film than a portable exhibition, a collection of formal innovations across several artistic disciplines bound by a plot developed just enough to support the weight of its technique… the film becomes a repository for architects, set and costume designers, painters, and more to show off their skills for Marcel L’Herbier, who attempts to synthesize them with the latest filmmaking breakthroughs.
July 04, 2016
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The spectacular set design, costuming, and mise en scène were created by a who’s who of artists and designers, including Robert Mallet-Stevens, Fernand Léger, René Lalique, Paul Poiret, and soon-to-be directors Alberto Cavalcanti and Claude Autant-Lara. These bizarrely artificial elements frame a melodrama that shifts into a quasi science-fiction paean to technology and humanity.
May 03, 2016
The recent release of Marcel L’Herbier’s L’Inhumaine (1924) is stunning visually. L’Herbier produced the film himself with his new Cinégraphic company, and hence he preserved the negative. With the original art-deco intertitles (below) and the colors as chosen by L’Herbier, this is as close as one can get to a version that is identical to the original release prints.
April 09, 2016
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