René Clair

Under the Roofs of Paris

Under the Roofs of Paris

In René Clair's irrepressibly romantic portrait of the crowded tenements of Paris, a street singer and a gangster vie for the love of a beautiful young woman. This witty exploration of love and human foibles, told primarily through song, captures the flamboyant atmosphere of the city with sophisticated visuals and groundbreaking use of the new technology of movie sound. An international sensation upon its release, Under the Roofs of Paris is an exhilarating celebration of filmmaking and one of France's most beloved cinematic exports.

Film Info

  • René Clair
  • France
  • 1930
  • 92 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
  • Spine #161

Special Features

  • New digital transfer
  • Clair’s silent film Paris qui dort (1925)
  • A BBC-TV interview with Clair
  • Trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

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Special Features

  • New digital transfer
  • Clair’s silent film Paris qui dort (1925)
  • A BBC-TV interview with Clair
  • Trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
Under the Roofs of Paris
Cast
Albert Préjean
Albert
Pola Illery
Pola
Edmond Gréville
Louis
Bill Bocket
Bill
Paul Ollivier
A client
Gaston Modot
Fred
Credits
Director
René Clair
Art direction
Lazare Meerson
Cinematography
Georges Périnal
Cinematography
Georges Raulet
Sound
René Le Hénaff
Costumes
René Hubert
Musical direction
Armand Bernard
Production director
Frank Clifford

From The Current

Under the Roofs of Paris

As was the case with many other movies of the early sound era, the “All Talking! All Singing!” label slapped across the posters for Under the Roofs of Paris in 1930 constituted false advertising. The reality is actually much more interesting. Fil…

By Luc Sante


Sep 24, 2002