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Special Matinee: Two Silent French Comedies by Abel Gance and Rene Clair

Sunday, October 14, 1979
5:00 p.m. Au Secours & The Crazy Ray
Abel Gance (France,1923)
Rene Clair (France,1923)

Au Secours
is a very rare film directed by Abel Gance as a vehicle for the great French comic Max Linder. The situation involves Max in a haunted house.

• Directed by Abel Gance from a script by Gance and Max Linder. With Max Linder, Jean Toulout, Gina Palerme. (1923, 35 mins, English titles, Print from Images)

The Crazy Ray (Paris Qui Dort)
is Rene Clair’s first film, and has been seen over the years in prints of varying lengths and qualities. This version was edited by Clair himself in 1969 to conform with his recollections of the original and features a new music track. An amusing and provocative study of motion and stasis, The Crazy Ray takes off from a situation whereby a nightwatchman, who lives atop the Eiffel Tower, awakens one morning to find the city empty of life.

• Written and Directed by Rene Clair. With Henri Rollan, Madeleine Rodrique, Marcel Vallee, Albert Prejean. (1923, 36 mins, English titles, Music track, Print from Audio Brandon Films)

Please note: This program will be completed by 20-30 minutes of rare French silent comedies and experimental films, titles to be announced.