René Clair

Le million

Le million

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.

Film Info

  • René Clair
  • France
  • 1931
  • 81 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
  • Spine #72

Special 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

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Special 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

Le million
Cast
Annabella
Béatrice
René Lefèvre
Michel
Louis Allibert
Prosper Bénévant
Raymond Cordy
Taxi driver
Paul Ollivier
Crochard (Grandpa Tulip)
Vanda Gréville
Vanda
Odette Talazac
The soprano
Constantin Stroesco
Sopranelli
Credits
Director
René Clair
Screenplay
René Clair
Based on a play by
Georges Berr
Based on a play by
Marcel Guillemaud
Cinematography
Georges Périnal
Music
Armand Bernard
Music
Philippe Parès
Music
Georges van Parys
Sets
Lazare Meerson
Costumes
Georges Benda

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