Although based on a popular play by Henri Bernstein, L’Herbier’s best sound film deploys a vibrant and highly cinematic style in its examination of the incessant blurring between public and private life. It was shot by the great American cinematographer Harry Stradling (A Streetcar Named Desire, Angel Face).
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
Happiness (Le bonheur)
An anarchist shoots and wounds a movie star on account of her popularity. He goes to jail and then falls in love with her. Charles Boyer (Gaslight), Michel Simon and Gaby Morlay star in Marcel L’Herbier’s wonderfully reflexive and humorous exploration of fame, obsession and the inescapability of love.