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Menilmontant

Posted in FILM, MUSIC with tags , , on March 31, 2020 by dcairns

Dimitri Kirsanoff’s MENILMONTANT is the product of no school, no recognized form of cinema. Though there are resemblances to the impressionists — Dulluc, Dulac, Epstein.

Kirsanoff’s wife, Nadia Sibirskaïa, is his star, with one of the great expressive faces of cinema. His real name was David Kaplan, hers was Germaine Lebas, so I think they believed that more Russian-sounding names would be more inherently cinematic.

I’m inviting my ECA students to watch and comment, but please, let’s hear from everyone else. This is one of the great films that time forgot. Also, by all means play your own music, then let me know what you chose and where it worked best.

nadia