193 Great Directors: Rene Clair

“Nothing essential has been added to the art of the motion picture since D.W. Griffith.”


What Got This Director Here?
: Body of work as a whole, probably.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: I Married a Witch.

What Did I Watch: Entr’acte.

Where Does He Fit: Entr’acte is wondrous and easily the best Clair film I’ve seen, even though it bears very little resemblance to his other works beyond the sense of pure fun. Cinema is fun! Such a simple discovery to be reminded of, yet when you have utter nonsense like a ballerina appearing to dance on the camera lens, only to be revealed as a MAN, while a cannon just rolls around at the beginning…well, to say more would spoil the surprises. This is great, gonzo cinema, like Un Chien Andalou if it wasn’t so terrified of people. Everything is used, and everything is wonderful.

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Most Valuable Asset: Sense of fun.
Most Excited For: And Then There Were None.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Tomas Gutierrez Alea, chronicler of Cuba.

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