Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Despite its good intentions, Les Etoiles ne Meurent Jamais might strike some viewers as a slightly ghoulish exercise. The title translates to Stars Never Die, in reference to the nine deceased film luminaries depicted herein. Director/archivist Max De Vaucorbeil has assembled precious film clips of such Gallic greats as Louis Jouvet, Raimu, Harry Baur, Louis Salou and Marguerite Moreno. Francois Perier's narration links the various vignettes together. In its own way, Les Etoiles ne Maurent Jamais can be seen as a precursor to those now-ubiquitous "tributes" on such cable services as American Movie Classics and Turner Classic Movies.