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Silent cinema

L’ Homme du large

Man of the Sea

A Breton fisherman despairs over his wayward son in this 1920s silent film.

Image from L’ Homme du large

France 1920
Dir Marcel L’Herbier
With Jaque Catelain, Marcelle Pradot, Roger Karl
85min
35mm
English subtitles
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.

Restoration courtesy of:

Arts Council England

Arts Council England



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