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135 minutes · 1924

Drama, Silent
A 1924 avant-garde feature by Marcel L'Herbier, featuring art deco and cubist set design by Fernand Leger and architects Robert Mallet-Stevens and Alberto Cavalcanti, among others. Treated as an object of ridicule by most critics when it came out—partly because of the improbable SF/thriller/love-story plot, and partly because the much sought-after heroine was played by a diva (American singer Georgette Leblanc) who helped to produce the film and was getting a bit long in the tooth—it actually registers today as a fascinating piece of period avant-garde chic with a fine sense of rhythm (though the original score by Darius Milhaud is apparently lost).

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