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Paris qui dort (Paris Asleep) Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ March 10, 2012
Considering the tasty premise, "Paris Qui Dort" should be far more compelling than it is. A scientist's invisible ray freezes everyone in Paris minus a handful of people who happened to avoid the beam's path (one works in the Eiffel Tower, and the others were in a plane). This upbeat gang goes through the predictable reactions of puzzlement, distress and then exploitation, but the action is dull and the daffy scientist's motivations remain wholly unclear. Later, the beam is switched on and off a couple of times, and the same people remain unaffected even though they're now on ground level. What? And why didn't the scientist get frozen himself? The best reason to watch this 35-minute short is the footage shot from atop the Eiffel Tower -- both the tower itself and the scenery below are interesting to see.
½ January 24, 2012
A beautiful experimental film.
December 24, 2011
Descending from The Eiffel Tower, a man discovers that everybody in Paris has frozen in time. He wanders the street, lost, desperate to discover the truth. Along the way he saves a potential suicide, arrests a thief - he changes the world for the better.... and then a plane load of tourists, whose flight above the effects of the ray that have frozen time, arrive in Paris - and debauchery, crime and social collapse soon ensue.

Rene Clair's wonderful short film must certainly be one the true high concept films. It contains drama, humour, social commentary, and many glorious shots of 1920s Paris devoid of life (extremely reminscent of Danny Boyle's 2002 horror film 28 Days Later in that respect, albeit minus the zombies!). A rare sight, this early work from a French master deserves to be better known.
½ December 16, 2010
nice little silent comedy pretty humorous
Super Reviewer
½ November 1, 2010
Was this the first movie to show what would happen if the world were stopped? I don't know for sure, but it's the earliest film I 've seen with that theme. It's actually pretty cool, everyone is frozen in time, and the only ones to not be frozen were above some thousand feet from the ground, which I'm not sure makes sense, but oh well. In the middle of the movie you find out how this happened, and they explain it all again as if you didn't understand, kinda annoying right? Anyway, it's pretty cool, but it could be better.
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