Le million

Le million

Director: René Clair Cast: Annabella, René Lefèvre, Constantin Stroesco

DVD (Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Mono)

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René Lefèvre and Annabella are sheer delights, as is everything else in Le Million, René Clair's bright and winning early sound comedy. Clair has his actors sing their dialogue in a blithe and breezy way and utilizes a succession of surrealistic and Dadaesque touches to chronicle this lighthearted extended chase, concerning an artist racing through the streets of Paris (an amazing studio set constructed by Lazare Meerson) in order to retrieve a winning lottery ticket left in the pocket of a discarded jacket. Many of Clair's comic embellishments (like the dubbed-in sound effects of a football game over a portion of the chase) have been used endlessly in comedies ever since, but in Clair's hands, the old jokes still look fresh and magical.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/16/2000
UPC: 0037429147627
Original Release: 1931
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:21:00
Sales rank: 27,368

Special Features

New digital transfer, with extensive image and sound restoration; A gallery of production photos; A rare American television interview with René Clair; New and improved English subtitles, with every song lyric translated for the first time

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Annabella Béatrice
René Lefèvre Michel
Constantin Stroesco Sopranelli
Louis Allibert Prosper Bénévant
Paul Olivier Crochard (Père-la-Tulipe)
Odette Talazac The soprano
Vanda Greville Vanda
Armand Bernard Conductor
André Michaud Butcher
Jane Pierson Grocer
Pitouto Stage Manager
Raymond Cordy Taxi Driver

Technical Credits
René Clair Director,Screenwriter
Georges Benda Costumes/Costume Designer
Armand Bernard Score Composer
Lazare Meerson Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Georges Périnal Cinematographer
Georges Van Parys Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Logos/Opening Credits [1:29]
2. Over the Roofs of Paris [2:57]
3. Artist at Work [6:39]
4. Shopkeepers, Police, and Girlfriends [2:48]
5. Le Père la Tulipe [1:49]
6. One... No! Two... No! Three... Yes! [6:01]
7. Millionaire [3:09]
8. Thrift Store [8:01]
9. False Arrest [5:34]
10. The Police Station [4:55]
11. "Prosper, What Have You Done?" [3:40]
12. Sopranelli's Dressing Room [4:41]
13. "On Stage!" [12:04]
14. Prosper and Michel's Big Break [6:52]
15. The Football Match [2:07]
16. Look on the Roof! [3:02]
17. "What Lottery Ticket?" [5:24]

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