Under the Roofs of Paris [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1930]

Rene Clair's comedy Under the Roofs of Paris comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The French soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the Clair silent film Paris Qui Dort, a BBC interview with the director, and the original theatrical trailer. Criterion has done a fabulous job with this title, as has come to be expected from them. Anyone with an interest in film history should see this DVD.
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Special Features

  • New digital transfer
  • Deleted scene
  • Clair's silent film Paris Qui Dort (1924)
  • A 1966 BBC-TV interview with Clair
  • Trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation


Under the Roofs of Paris
Rene Clair's Under the Roofs of Paris is one of the first French films shot in sound. The film is a relaxed melodrama where a Parisian street singer (Albert Prejean) and his friend (Edmond Greville) pursue the love of the same woman (Pola Illery). Clair chose to use sound only when needed, preferring to tell the story through his visuals as well as through his dialogue. The result is a striking film, boasting beautiful photography and sets, as well as a moving story. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Albert Prejean
    Albert Prejean - Albert
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    Pola Illery - Pola
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    Gaston Modot - Fred
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    Edmond T. Greville - Louis
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    Paul Olivier - The Drunk
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