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THE PHANTOM OF THE MOULIN ROUGE

France, 1924 (MIFF 1981, British Film Archive Retrospective)

Director: René Clair

Le Fantorne du Moulin Rouge was notable for the various uses Clair made of the cameras resources, sometimes “giving objects a three-dimensional effect by moving round them" (J. Bourgeois). The story shows how the disembodied spirit of a man disappointed in love consoles himself by playing pranks on his acqua lntances at favorite old haunts, like the Moulin Flouge, and has a fine time until he discovers that his love is after all reolprocated - when his one wish is to become reincarnated. So a twist, typical of CIair's fantasies, turns an extraordinary advantage -the invisible hero's ubiquity - into a handicap and, before the story ends, reconciles him to his ordinary state.

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