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Le million

René Clair

 
Le million (Criterion DVD)

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  • France
  • 1931
  • 81 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #72

An impoverished artist discovers he has purchased a winning lottery ticket at the very moment his creditors come to collect. The only problem is, the ticket is in the pocket of his coat. . . which he left at his girlfriend’s apartment. . . who gave the coat to a man hiding from the police. . . who sells the coat to an opera singer who uses it during a performance. By turns charming and inventive, René Clair’s lyrical masterpiece had a profound impact on not only the Marx Brothers and Charlie Chaplin, but on the American musical as a whole.

Cast

BéatriceAnnabella
MichelRené Lefèvre
Prosper BénévantLouis Allibert
Taxi driverRaymond Cordy
Crochard (Grandpa Tulip)Paul Ollivier
VandaVanda Gréville
The sopranoOdette Talazac
SopranelliConstantin Stroesco

Disc Features

  • Beautiful 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

    Cover based on a theatrical poster

Film Essays

Le Million

By Elliott Stein May 15, 2000

The greatest directors have always created their own worlds, instead of rehashing familiar territory. They people a universe through their personal vision with characters undiscoverable . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Le Million

By Elliott Stein May 15, 2000

The greatest directors have always created their own worlds, instead of rehashing familiar territory. They people a universe through their personal vision with characters undiscoverable . . . Read more »