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Crazy Ray (1923)





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The Crazy Ray (Paris qui Dort) was a wild Rene Clair daydream which he deftly translated into his very first directorial effort. Deliberately invoking the early "chase" films which distinguished the French cinema, Clair weaves an improbable tale of a genially looney scientist who utilizes a magic ray (an effect created with stop-motion photography) on the unsuspecting citizens of Paris. The ray causes its victims to freeze in bizarre and often embarrassing positions. Those not affected by the ray take the opportunity to lift everything that isn't nailed down. Clair's original director's cut of The Crazy Ray ran a brisk thirty minutes. Unfortunately, several foreign distributors decided to pad the picture out with arbitrary and pointless cutaway shots; while watching one of these "improved" versions late in life, Clair muttered "I don't know where the hell that came from." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Madeleine Rodrigue
as Hesta the airline passenger
Myla Seller
as The Niece/Daughter of the Scientist
Henri Rollan
as Albert
Albert Préjean
as The pilot
Louis Pré Fils
as The Detective
as The scientist
as The rich man
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Critic Reviews for Crazy Ray

All Critics (3)

A rich vein of fantasy and science-fiction thoroughly mined over the years

Full Review… | December 4, 2011

More than a little rushed and incoherent [but] there's no denying how very sweet and inventive and pleasant the film was and remains.

Full Review… | December 7, 2008
Antagony & Ecstasy

Inventive and influential Science Fiction comedy.

Full Review… | August 13, 2005
Classic Film and Television

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