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Le Million / The Million

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
8.73 /10
Annabella, Rene Lefevre, Paul Oliver
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Directed by: Rene Clair
Written by: Rene Clair from Georges Berr's and M. Guillemaud's musical play

Released: 1930
Origin: France
Length: 89

Poor artist (Rene Lefevre) loses winning lottery ticket and scours Paris to find it.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Dated but delightful escapism which made Clair's international reputation. The musical numbers are beautifully integrated into the plot - which may not seem unusual now, but certainly was in 1930. The film's success proved influential on the course of the modern musical; and the chase sequence in the opera house was later imitated by the Marx Brothers in A Night At The Opera.

"I wanted an atmosphere of foolishness... We put gauze between the actors and the sets, which created an illusion of unreality."
(Rene Clair)

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