Sous les Toits de Paris (Under the Roofs of Paris)
Sous les Toits de Paris (Under the Roofs of Paris) (1930)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 2, 1930
DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Practically nothing else of importance happens, and yet the director has managed to wind together a film that holds and never lags.

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Fernando F. Croce

The dawn of French talkies

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TV Guide

Billed upon its release as "the most beautiful film in the world," Under The Roofs Of Paris may well have fit that description -- at least at the time.

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Gilbert Adair
Time Out

A miniaturist masterpiece.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A slight but charming bittersweet romantic comedy set in the streets of Paris.

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It's all beautifully photographed to be sure, but also rather slight.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

This picture becomes somewhat tedious after the first half. The introductory scenes, however, are highly satisfactory, particularly when M. Clair has a fancy for a little irony.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The story is largely inessential, however. What counts -- apart from the glimpse into a long-vanished world and the remarkable technique of the film -- is how surprisingly compelling the lives of these characters are.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

initial revelation of Paris 'with its warts'

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Broome
Director Rene Clair peaked with "Le Million" and "A Nous la Liberte" in 1931, but the previous year's "Under the Roofs of… More