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Le Million (The Criterion Collection) (1931)

Annabella , René Lefèvre , René Clair  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Annabella, René Lefèvre, Jean-Louis Allibert, Paul Ollivier, Constantin Siroesco
  • Directors: René Clair
  • Writers: René Clair, Georges Berr, Marcel Guillemaud
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2000
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780023099
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,741 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Le Million (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • New, improved English subtitles -- and every song lyric is translated for for the first time!

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

An impoverished artist discovers he has purchased a winning lottery ticket at the very moment his creditors come to collect. The only problem is, the ticket is in the pocket of his coat. . . which he left at his girlfriend's apartment. . . who gave the coat to a man hiding from the police. . . who sells the coat to an opera singer who uses it during a performance. By turns charming and inventive, René Clair's lyrical masterpiece had a profound impact on not only the Marx Brothers and Charlie Chaplin, but on the American Musical as a whole.

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Welcome back one of the treasures of international cinema. In 1929-30, when Hollywood was stymied by the arrival of talkies, a Frenchman named René Clair set about reinventing the movies for the world of sound. Rather than enslave his camera--and imagination--to a microphone in a potted palm, Clair embraced sound as a liberating new dimension of the motion picture. His effervescent comedy-musical-romance Le Million doesn't just feature a witty commingling of dialogue and song--it's a jeu d'esprit in which every movement, every cut, every sound effect (or absence thereof) contributes to a lilting rhythm.

The plot is precisely as airy and as farcically complicated as it needs to be. Suffice it to say that there's this threadbare jacket with a winning lottery ticket in the pocket. It becomes separated from its starving-artist owner and leads him and numerous others a merry chase over the roofs of Paris, through the urban underworld, and onto the very stage of the Opera. You'll wonder more than once whether the Marx Brothers were taking notes.

For no good reason whatsoever, Le Million remained out of circulation for decades, except for a few bleary dupe videos. Now we have a crystal-clear DVD that does full justice to Lazare Meerson's ethereal settings, Georges Périnal's luminous camerawork, the enchanting beauty of leading lady Annabella, and René Clair's world-class comedy masterpiece. There shall be dancing in the streets. --Richard T. Jameson


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Years ago as a graduate student, I was ecstatic to see a faded, fuzzy, and torn copy of LE MILLION at one of the campus film societies. Nevertheless, I was immediately enchanted. Luckily, those who today want to see this masterpiece have this magnificently restored version by Criterion. No one who loves classic cinema will fail to be enchanted by this magical story about the hunt for a lost, winning lottery ticket.
In 1931, the year this film was made, European cinema was just beginning to catch up with the technical achievements made in the United States in the late 1920s. The period from 1929 to the early 1930s was an extraordinary time, as the art struggled with perfecting the new ability to record soundtracks. For a brief period of time, the world of cinema was awash with a world of possibilities, and in Hollywood Ernst Lubitsch made perhaps the first lasting musical films in a string of productions (THE LOVE PARADE, MONTE CARLO, and THE SMILING LIEUTENANT by 1931, and later ONE HOUR WITH YOU and THE MERRY WIDOW) that borrowed heavily from the operetta, a form that tragically-based on the extraordinary success achieved by Lubitsch and later Clair and Mamoulian-failed to survive for long.
LE MILLION was essentially an attempt to do in France what Ernst Lubitsch was doing so successfully in Hollywood. The transition was an easy one, especially given that Lubitsch, the European expatriate, was setting all of his films in Europe. Rene Clair, however, added many touches of his own. The humor he employs in the film is laced with a degree of slapstick that simply wasn't Lubitsch's style. This film is a romp through Paris, and romping wasn't Lubitsch's mode of travel.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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When people think of black & white foreign films from the 20's, they inevitably imagine snoozers that are outrageously incomprehensible and bizarre. Though they're often right, this movie is here to prove them wrong.
"Le Million" is one of a handful of musical comedies that I'd watch over and over. The plotline is simple: retrieve a lottery ticket from a jacket that was given away to a stranger. Sounds easy, right? Not if director Rene Clair has his way! He adds plot twists, mistaken identities, disloyal friends, goldigging sexpots, and some pretty funny slapstick. Get ready for the most entertaining 90 minutes you've spent in a long time. It's interesting to see how many of the actors still relied on silent film methods of acting (lots of facial expressions and body language), even though this is a full-fledged "talkie". And Annabella provides wonderful visual and aural beauty.
The songs are corny beyond belief but, fortunately, they're few so it's bearable. The corniness doesn't make them bad, just hopelessly out of date. They do help the story along nicely though, and the new lyric translation helps a lot. Despite being fluent in French, I had trouble understanding some of the lyrics, probably due to early recording limitations which occasionally cause muffled sound during loud passages. But this is minor and only occurs during the songs. Criterion did a wonderful job with the restoration as a whole. The print is clear and bright, with only very small segments showing any wear. The dialog is easy to understand and is crisp.
I did have some problems with the subtitles, however. There are a few sentences in which they are wildly inaccurate.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, Moving, and Historically Important September 20, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Rene Clair's Le Million is the first sound picture to free the actors and the action from the tyranny of the sound booth, so necessary to early sound pictures. In Le Million, Clair used new, lighter cameras and sound equipment to film and record the action, which moves in and around buildings, down the streets and so forth in a fluid motion new to the screen of 1931.
Beyond having an amusing plot, Le Million moves along briskly, ending with the classic chase so familiar to French cinema, a tradition which it helped to establish.
In summary, an entertaining film today, and a technical masterpiece of its time, as important to sound pictures as Battleship Potemkin is to montage. A cinema milestone from one of the great directors in the history of film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The simple tale of a chase over a winning lottery ticket, reveals a humanism rarely found in cinema. Two stuck-up artists race to find the ticket, as they try to avoid their upset landlord, jealous lovers and the butcher. Lazare Meerson's sets are both dreamlike and realistic, revealing the qualities of "poetic realism," this genre is often defined as. Clair wanted to re-define the musical, without the fanfare of your typical big Hollywood "numbers," and brought the songs into the action of the film. It is also a commentary on the recent advent of sound, which Clair was no fan of. Sounds come and go and often don't fit, as his roots in Surrealism show. The opening shot alone, of Paris rooftops, beautifully designed by Meerson, is worth a dream or two
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sheer delight
In Le Million, Rene Clair, one of the cinema's great directors and great pioneers, created a gem of light comedy which for all its lightness is a groundbreaking and technically... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jon Corelis
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Film
This film by Rene Clair is very enjoyable and is recommened. This is paticuarly true for those interested in Rene Clair's career.
Published on July 7, 2012 by Tony Marquise Jr.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Film
This film is constantly silly, but rarely funny. There are NO likeable characters, as the entire cast is made up of greedy, two-faced philanderers, with no puckish charms to... Read more
Published on December 15, 2009 by vitajex
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Movie
The premier edition of the prestigious "Sight and Sound" critics poll of the all-time Top Ten movies came out in 1952 (and every 10 years thereafter another poll is issued). Read more
Published on January 25, 2008 by Randy Keehn
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT AS GREAT AS EVERYONE SAYS!
I rented this movie thinking it would be awesome, from all the rave reviews it got on Amazon. But it's really just a pretty average comedy. Read more
Published on March 11, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted, sweet, clever and funny; an early sound musical by...
Seventy-five years old, and René Clair's Le Million remains one of the most delightful, ebullient and amusing of movies. Read more
Published on August 14, 2006 by C. O. DeRiemer
5.0 out of 5 stars Le Million
At the dawn of sound, director René Clair brought us this delicious farcical concoction, imbued with a spirited, joyously romantic flavor only the French can produce. Read more
Published on September 5, 2005 by John Farr
5.0 out of 5 stars A Majestic Musical
One of the most majestic compositions of comedy and musical ever shown in a film. Absolutely hilarious even for today's standards. Read more
Published on October 29, 2004 by Tent
5.0 out of 5 stars The love of money is the root of all evil
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
This movie, one of the very first sound films made in France remains a comic classic today and the... Read more
Published on May 23, 2004 by Ted
4.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to be charmed by this french masterpiece
This film begins with the ending celebration, so we know that despite all the problems, all will be well. It is a light and frothy film that has nothing really to say. Read more
Published on December 13, 2002 by Kevin Brianton
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