Sous les Toits de Paris

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From its graceful opening pan across the (studio recreated) rooftops of the title to the multiple variations on its naggingly memorable theme song, the enchantment of Clair's first talkie has remained intact. Even the slight awkwardness of the semi-synchronised soundtrack, as scratchy as if played on a wind-up phonograph, complements its nostalgic, almost anachronistic visuals. That, plus Lazare Meerson's elegantly spare sets, George van Parys' jingly score, and the naïve if still affecting performances, make for a miniaturist masterpiece.

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Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: René Clair
Screenwriter: René Clair
Cast: Albert Préjean
Pola Illéry
Gaston Modot
Edmond Gréville
Paul Olivier
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