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
Oh My... With additional talents of René Clair and Alberto Cavalcanti supporting Marcel L'Herbier's voluminously "silent" masterpiece, how can you not hear what lies in state. This predates Metropolis in it's Art Deco mechanized designed world and mesmerizes with it's superimposed camera work and kinetic editing that predicted MTV sixty years prior. "I wanted to come for the dangerous experience" -Reveals title card.
Visually striking, but ultimately unsatisfying. I can tell the director is someone which I need to be more familiar with, just dont think the story was for me. Visually its one of the best silents I have seen. L'Argent is another film of his with high praise. Will check that out next. Thanks MUBI for shedding light on this relatively unsung silent. Deducting a half-star for the somewhat boring storyline, so 3.5
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"?
An unbelievable strong and modern film: fast cuts and montages, dreamlike overlays, colored inserts, graphically exciting intertitles, artistic set design and exceptionally crazy laboratory sequences (with psychedelic impact during the last one). The new score, written by Aidje Tafial, works very well, especially when it is used to build up tension.
An Amazingly Inventive Film, especially for its' time! (1924). 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.
Perhaps the most modern of silent films, from the exquisite futuristic set designs to the restrained acting (for the era) to the, I believe, first use of the word "television", as a concept, in cinema. The actual storyline is perhaps fairly average but the visuals et al contribute to make this a must watch for cinephiles. The new 4K restoration, released by Flicker Alley, is astonishing, a must buy.