Mirages De Paris (1932)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Mirages de Paris was the first French film effort by Russian director Fedor Ozep. Jacqueline Francel plays Madeline, a young girl of modest talents who hopes to become a musical-comedy star. Her somewhat naïve efforts to achieve this goal includes a campaign to impress theatrical "luminary" Francois (Roger Theville). Little does she know that Francois is no more a star than she -- in fact, he's merely a lowly understudy, likewise seeking his big break. Lots of complications and misunderstandings follow, leading to the inevitable romantic clinch at the fade-out. American prints of Mirages de Paris were handicapped by some barely literate English-language subtitles, but the storytelling prowess of Ozep and the appealing performances of his stars still manage to shine through.