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216 Ratings

The Crazy Ray

Paris qui dort

Directed by René Clair
France, 1925
Short, Sci-Fi, Silent


A scientist’s invisible ray freezes Paris into immobility.

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The Crazy Ray Directed by René Clair

Critics reviews

This modest comedy, an early example of the “city film,” is a philosophical fable in which the theme of the urban metropolis as the seat of capital, and the notion of time as money, are intertwined with the jubilant celebration of cinematic temporality, the passage from still to moving picture and back again.
January 01, 1989

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