So remarkable. This is a great example of why I love silent cinema! At least ones like this; it's going on my list "My Favorite Silent Films". Visually it feels like an avant-garde silent, except that it isn't-it has a linear plot, albeit a simple one. Made at the very end of the Silent Era, when the big studios had already all switched to sound, this gem by Gremillon stayed old-school, and took it to the next level.
I'll probably try another of my arcane 'jokes' and call this film The MonaLyssa Smile. In the film a man becomes infected with the rabies and 'lyssa' (from lud or "violent") is the Greek root used in the name of the genus of rabies Lyssavirus. Ok, I know it's not a laughing matter.. Iniatially my aim was just as grim: call this Tetanic Waltz (after a Romanian comedy - Titanic Vals), but tetanus was not in the pack.