L’ Homme du large
Man of the Sea
A Breton fisherman despairs over his wayward son in this 1920s silent film.
Dir Marcel L’Herbier
With Jaque Catelain, Marcelle Pradot, Roger Karl
Certificate With live piano accompaniment
Avant-garde director Marcel L’Herbier adapted this Balzac story of a Breton fisherman and his shockingly dissolute son, who’s addicted to the pleasures not of the open sea, but of an urban low-life bar. Watch out for a young Charles Boyer and a lesbian kiss. Highly stylised, with its vibrant tints and decorated titles, this is high melodrama with a 1920s twist.
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