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The Inhuman Woman


Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

The Inhuman Woman (L'inhumaine)

Unclassified 18+

Melbourne Cinematheque

9 Dec

Conceived as a vehicle for opera singer Georgette Leblanc, Marcel L’Herbier’s audacious film tells the story of a haughty Parisian singer who is courted by two men (to her indifference). When one commits suicide, the stage is set for unexpected fantastical developments.

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  • The ambitions of the aesthetically minded L’Herbier lay beyond plot. Indeed, he aptly described L'inhumaine as a "fairy story of modern decorative art". The film boasts impressive collaborations in the fields of decorative arts, architecture and music, as well as elaborate rapid cutting and other innovative cinematic techniques. It features art direction by Claude Autant-Lara, Alberto Cavalcanti and Fernand Léger.