Man About Town

1947 [FRENCH]

Comedy / Drama / Romance

IMDb Rating 7.2 10 444

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Maurice Chevalier as Emile Clément
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914.43 MB
French 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 39 min
P/S 1 / 8
1.66 GB
French 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 39 min
P/S 6 / 6

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by writers_reign 8 / 10

Something To Shout About ...

... but in the accepted meaning of the phrase, meaning something to praise from the rooftops rather than the meaning with which Truffaut invested it, which might better be termed something to rant about, for this is exactly the kind of 'quality' film or 'film du papa' that got right up Truffaut's nose and led to his infamous vitriolic attack on traditional film-making. In many ways Clair's film complements Jean Renoir's French Can Can because both were celebrations of a world that had vanished and it is less than coincidence that both film makers had been absent from France for several years and returned to find the France of their youth gone with the wind. Their immediate response was to attempt to recapture it on film and whilst Renoir plumped for the fin-de-siecle Paris of Toulouse Lautrec, Montmartre and the Moulin Rouge Clair opted for the world of the heyday of Silent Film, the 1920s. Not surprisingly the film is replete with exquisite touches, mementos of a lost world and so authentic is the studio-created Paris that time and again it looks and feels like the real thing. Clair has concocted a soufflé of a plot around what is essentially a valentine to a time gone by and he has taken a dash of Edmund Rostand and Cyrano de Bergerac insofar as Maurice Chevalier's Emile takes under his wing the Jacques of Francois Perrier and schools him in the art of seduction whilst counselling him never to fall in love. This, of course, sets the scene for Emile to do just that when the daughter of a friend turns to him for help. Emile finds Madeleine (Marcelle Derrien) irresistible despite her being young enough to be his daughter and though she stops short of loving him in return she does develop a deep affection for him and would be quite happy to marry him until, of course, she meets Jacques. Neither has any idea of the part they play in the life of Emile and what could have been an interesting situation open to several permutations is resolved neatly and speedily by Clair since his interest in the situation is peripheral at best. He does succeed brilliantly in his evocation of a Golden Age and on that level the film is little short of a masterpiece.

Reviewed by cstotlar-1 8 / 10

Paris Revisited With Affection

I haven't seen this film in the U.S. so I can't say how well it translated or made it to the screen here. Clair is clearly not nouvelle vague of late 50's of early 60's but he was a firebrand in his own surrealistic time. Someone called this film a valentine and I agree whole-heartedly. It's perhaps not so surprising to notice the French treatment of Maurice Chevalier as opposed to the American one. Still the portrait treats him with affection - by-gone affection - with a slightly tarnished surface that the French understood in a trice. The recreation of the Paris of the time was loving if not realistic, but who is looking for realism in a confection of this order? Clair did what he's done in the past with a slight update and I find nothing whatsoever to complain about. The parts come together with the perfection I expect from the auteur and the journey is extremely nice. Addendum - I bought a copy of the DVD of this film that was in terrible shape. It deserves much better than that. Update - I looked at "Man About Town" once more and it still fails on just about every perspective. The French version as I mentioned above is kind to Chevalier but not adoring in any way. In the Americanized version he's actually commenting on his own misbehavior with an "ooo la la" attitude strong enough to curdle milk. Curtis Stotlar

Reviewed by boblipton 8 / 10

Middle Aged Nostalgia and Lost Love

Rene Clair finished out the war in the United States and returned to France, but it was a France changed from the one he had become a film director in. His youthful surrealistic works, the early sound films where he reinvented Paris, all were gone. So he had no choice but to recreate the Paris he loved in this film about a love triangle, with Maurice Chevalier unwittingly planning his own cuckolding like a silent film his character is directing.

While it might seem to some that Clair should have used as its background the Paris of SOUS LES TOITS DE Paris and LE MILLION, what better way to show your love than through a realistic camera, using techniques that suggested reality through realistic detail? Besides, wasn't his audience anxious to forget the horrors of the War and see a show about a time when the only problem was losing the girl you loved?

Clair has left in some of the surrealism. When the characters are happy, there is singing all around. People whistle. Crowds gather in the street to harmonize. And the star is Maurice Chevalier in a straight role. This is not the sort of movie you'd expect to see with Clair's name attached to it, but it is as heartfelt and as loving of Paris in his youth, as he remembered and wished to tell of it.

Alas, the New Wave never forgave him, even when they grew up and started to use these techniques themselves. Like all young people, like Clair himself when young, they loved the flash for its own sake; it didn't matter what the fireworks celebrated, so long as the roman candles went off.

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