(aka 'The Million')
directed by René
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.
Theatrical Release: April 15th, 1931
DVD Review: Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Criterion Collection - Spine # 72 - Region 0 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 6.47 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||French (Dolby Digital 1.0)|
gallery of production photos
NOTE: This was originally shown in the 1.19:1 ratio so this Criterion has some significant cropping.
This film is extremely old and the Criterion DVD shows a lot of damage (consistent scratches and dirt), contrast flickering and hiss'pop audio. There is grain at times and I suppose that this may be the best the film has looked for many a year. The film still retains much of its charm and the Clair interview (albeit only 9 minutes) is a great selection for an addition. An obvious lower-tier of Criterion pricing and is kind of neat to have in the collection. Recommendation reserved for cineastes and fans of French cinema of this era. out of