Under the Roofs of Paris (1930)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - France, Germany  |  
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Rene Clair's Under the Roofs of Paris is one of the first French films shot in sound. The film is a relaxed melodrama where a Parisian street singer (Albert Prejean) and his friend (Edmond Greville) pursue the love of the same woman (Pola Illery). Clair chose to use sound only when needed, preferring to tell the story through his visuals as well as through his dialogue. The result is a striking film, boasting beautiful photography and sets, as well as a moving story.

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betrayal, love-triangle, singer, flirtation, prison