In René Clair’s irrepressibly romantic portrait of the crowded tenements of Paris, a street singer and a gangster vie for the love of a beautiful young woman. An international sensation upon its release, Under the Roofs of Paris is an exhilarating celebration of filmmaking.
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It had a nice slice of life rhythm and not much else to engage a modern filmgoer such as myself. Rene's 30's work is a bit too simple and primitive for these young (yet horridly blind) eyes.
It's one of those movies where the best scenes are rightfully included in the trailer. Ho hum. Yet wow are the songs catchy and unforgettable. In all seriousness I'll be singing the main tune for days!
Simplicity is why Rene Clair was a master and genius his late twenties early thirties work is the best representation of of real french cinema along with early renoir. If you dont like it you dont understand cinemas role in art and entertainment.
I went after this looking to understand why it was important to Graham Greene. There's a scene where the roar of a passing train makes a violent act unhearable, which Greene transfers to a racecourse scene in Brighton Rock. Clair's REMOVAL of sound and the heightened drama/paranoia that creates is more interesting to me than this first use of sound, or even that crane shot...