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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Beautiful modernist film from the '20s, about a "superior" female singer who only accepts the man who's obsessed with her when he proves to also be "superior". In a way I felt like I was watching a Paul Verhoeven american film, and I kept asking myself if L'Herbier's views were influenced by fascism or they were just apolitically in tune with modernism fashion. "L'Inhumaine" was a bizarre and intense experience.
Fantastic sets and costumes have spectacular decorative arts influences: Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Dada, Mondrian, De Stijl, Bauhaus. Restored tinting is a treat. Dull plot: usual patriarchal warning to women who refuse to occupy subservient position. What's so bad about wanting to travel the world? Note anti-semitism in Kellerman figure, fascination with African "primitivism." First use of term "television"?
wow, so much great stuff here! and the soundtrack is perfect. the story is, as is often the case, the weakest link, but whatever-- enjoyed every minute of this and would happily watch it again. never heard of it!
An Amazingly Inventive Film, especially for its' time!
The Art Deco set decorations are works of art. I noticed that Fernand Leger (great 20th Century Artist) was one of the team that produced the set designs........no wonder their so impressive!!!!!
Thank-you to Mubi for bringing this Masterwork to everyone's attention.
Wow. Yes, the plot was a bit corny and the acting overly theatrical, but the visuals were amazing. I had never heard of this film, so it's a new discovery for me. The sets and costumes are amazing. The new music it was paired with was interesting, but also disappointing at times. When I see 1920s jazz being performed on screen I expect to hear something better than the tepid sounds presented here.
Une exceptionnelle conjonction artistique dans la réalisation du film : le peintre Fernand Léger, l'architecte Mallet-Stevens, le couturier Paul Poiret, le compositeur Darius Milhaud, les ballets de Rolf de Maré pour un résultat pas toujours convaincant à cause d'une lourde et désuète grandiloquence sporadique, d'une interprétation frisant parfois un certain ridicule. www.cinefiches.com