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1920s French Movies

Public list by WPS with 231 movies or TV shows/series

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The Passion of Joan of Arc(1928)

NR
| 1h 22min | Drama, History
4.0/5 (with 398 votes)

A classic of the silent age, this film tells the story of the doomed but ultimately canonized 15th-century teenage warrior. On trial for claiming she'd spoken to God, Jeanne d'Arc is subjected to inhumane treatment and scare tactics at the hands of church court officials. Initially bullied into changing her story, Jeanne eventually opts for what she sees as the truth. Her punishment, a famously brutal execution, earns her perpetual martyrdom.

Napoleon(1927)

5h 33min | Drama, History, War
3.8/5 (with 68 votes)

A biopic of Napoleon Bonaparte, tracing the Corsican's career from his schooldays (where a snowball fight is staged like a military campaign) to his flight from Corsica, through the French Revolution (where a real storm is intercut with a political storm) and the Terror, culminating in his triumphant invasion of Italy in 1797. Originally intended to be the first of six films, director Abel Gance realized the full project would be nigh impossible, and never raised the money to complete the other five. The film's legendary reputation is due to the astonishing range of techniques that Gance uses to tell his story, culminating in the final twenty-minute triptych sequence, which alternates widescreen panoramas with complex multiple- image montages projected simultaneously on three screens.

The Fall of the House of Usher(1928)

1h 3min | Drama, Horror
3.6/5 (with 50 votes)

A stranger called Allan goes to the House of Usher. He is the sole friend of Roderick Usher, who lives in the eerie house with his sick wife Madeleine. When she dies, Roderick does not accept her death, and in the dark night, Madeleine returns.

Directed by Jean Epstein - With Charles Lamy, Jean Debucourt, Abel Gance, Marguerite Gance, Luc Dartagnan

The Smiling Madame Beudet(1923)

42min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 35 votes)

An unhappily married woman devises a scheme to get rid of her husband.

Ballet Mécanique(1924)

19min | Documentary
3.3/5 (with 45 votes)

Ballet Mécanique (1923-4) is a Dadaist, post-Cubist art film conceived, written, and co-directed by artist Fernand Léger and filmmaker Dudley Murphy (with cinematographic input from Man Ray). It has a musical score by the American composer George Antheil (However, the film premiered with no soundtrack, on September 24th, 1924 at the Internationale Ausstellung neuer Theatertechnik in Vienna). It is considered one of the masterpieces of early experimental filmmaking.

Nana(1926)

2h 30min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.4/5 (with 11 votes)

A government official, Count Muffat, falls under the spell of Nana, a young actress. She becomes his mistress, living in the sumptuous apartment which he provides for her. Instead of elevating herself to Muffat's level, however, Nana drags the poor man down to hers - in the end, both lives have been utterly destroyed.

Cœur fidèle(1923)

1h 27min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 22 votes)

The good guys win out in this sweet tale about a young orphan who is abused for much of her life but who eventually finds happiness when she marries an honest man who extricates her from her situation.

The Crazy Ray(1925)

3.4/5 (with 26 votes)

A night watchman on the Eiffel Tower wakes up to find the entire population of the city frozen in place.

La Roue(1923)

6h 58min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 26 votes)

Sisif, a railwayman, saves a young girl named Norma orphaned by a train crash and raises her as his own daughter alongside his son, Elie. As she becomes an adult, Sisif grapples with whether to tell Norma the truth about her parentage.

Return to Reason(1923)

3min
3.2/5 (with 35 votes)

Experimental film, white specks and shapes gyrating over a black background, the light-striped torso of Kiki of Montparnasse (Alice Prin), a gyrating eggcrate. One of the first Dadaist films.

Directed by Man Ray - With Alice Prin

The Little Match Girl(1928)

32min | Drama, Fantasy
3.4/5 (with 17 votes)

An impoverished girl tries to sell matches on NYE. Shivering with cold and unable to sell her wares, she sits in a sheltered nook. Striking a match to keep warm, she sees things in the flame.

L'Inhumaine(1924)

3.4/5 (with 13 votes)

A famous singer Claire Lescot, who lives on the outskirts of Paris, is courted by many men, including a maharajah, Djorah de Nopur, and a young Swedish scientist, Einar Norsen. At her lavish parties she enjoys their amorous attentions but she remains emotionally aloof and heartlessly taunts them. When she is told that Norsen has killed himself because of her, she shows no feelings. At her next concert she is booed by an audience outraged at her coldness. She visits the vault in which Norsen's body lies, and as she admits her feelings for him she discovers that he is alive; his death was feigned. Djorah is jealous of their new relationship and causes Claire to be bitten by a poisonous snake. Her body is brought to Norsen's laboratory, where he, by means of his scientific inventions, restores Claire to life.

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The Seashell and the Clergyman(1928)

40min | Mystery
3.5/5 (with 28 votes)

Obsessed with a general's woman, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust, struggling against his own appetites.

Anemic Cinema(1926)

7min
3.1/5 (with 36 votes)

A spiral design spins. It's replaced by a spinning disk. These two continue in perfect alternation until the end: a spiral design, a disk. Each disk is labelled and can be read as it rotates. The messages, in French, feature puns and whimsical rhymes and alliteration. The final message comments on the spiral motif itself.

Directed by Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray

L'Atlantide(1921)

3.1/5 (with 6 votes)

Two men, lost in the desert, meet Queen Antinea, ruler of Atlantis.

Emak-Bakia(1926)

18min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 25 votes)

Emak-Bakia (Basque for Leave me alone) is a 1926 film directed by Man Ray. Subtitled as a cinépoéme, it features many techniques Man Ray used in his still photography (for which he is better known), including Rayographs, double exposure, soft focus and ambiguous features. The film features sculptures by Pablo Picasso, and some of Man Ray's mathematical objects both still and animated using a stop motion technique.

L'Argent(1928)

2h 45min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 14 votes)

Adapted from the novel L'Argent by Émile Zola, the film portrays the world of banking and the stock market in Paris in the 1920s.

Siren of the Tropics(1927)

1h 26min | Music, Drama
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

Marquis Sévéro, a rich, lazy Parisian, wants to divorce his wife so that he can marry his own goddaughter Denise. But Denise herself loves André Berval, an engineer employed by the marquis. Filled with jealousy, the marquis sends André to the Antilles, to prospect some land he has just acquired. He promises André that he can marry Denise if he is successful in the tropics, but he then writes to Alvarez, his manager at the site, asking him to prevent André from ever returning to France. The brutal Alvarez forms an instant hatred for André when the engineer breaks up Alvarez's attempt to rape Papitou, a beautiful native girl. Papitou becomes devoted to André, and protects him against Alvarez's schemes. But she faces a crisis herself when she learns that André plans to marry Denise.

Lady Harrington(1926)

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Les misérables(1925)

5h 59min | Drama, Crime
2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

Jean Valjean is a good man who is nevertheless convicted and imprisoned for a minor offense. When he escapes, he is pursued for decades by the unrelenting lawman, Javert.

Marquitta(1927)

1h 10min | Drama

The tumultuous relationship between a street singer and a prince.

Directed by Jean Renoir - With Henri Debain, Jean Angelo, Marie-Louise Iribe, Pierre Champagne, Pierre Lestringuez, Simone Cerdan, ...

Monte Cristo(1929)

3h 43min | Adventure
3.4/5 (with 3 votes)

This epic adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo was directed by Henri Fescourt, and stars Jean Angelo, Lil Dagover, Pierre Batcheff, the beautiful Marie Glory, and Bernhard Goetzke as the Abbé Faria.

Mauprat(1926)

1h 28min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.0/5 (with 4 votes)

Romantic novelist George Sand's Mauprat as adapted by cinema visionary Jean Epstein. As a child, orphan Bernard de Mauprat was adopted by Tristan, a brigand who brought him up with his biological sons to hate, kill and pillage. Hubert de Mauprat, the elder brother of Tristan, the very incarnation of nobility, and his daughter, the beautiful and intrepid Edmée, undertake to tear wild-eyed Bernard away from his uncle. Still uncouth and rough, Bernard endeavors to wrest the love of Edmée away from her betrothed.

Directed by Jean Epstein - With Sandra Milovanoff

Barrabas(1919)

8h 9min | Crime
2.7/5 (with 4 votes)

Rudolph Strelitz, known as 'Barrabas', is the leader of a brutal underground gang causing chaos and destruction in the lives of civilized people. A lawyer, Claude Varèse, is strongly determined to bring Strelitz to justice for the purpose of revenge, after his father was unjustly guillotined for the murder of Laure d'Hérigny, the mistress of an American millionaire. Later, the sister of Claude Varèse, Françoise, is kidnapped by Dr Lucius, one of the henchmen of Barrabas. Serialised over 12 chapters.

Finis Terrae(1929)

1h 20min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 13 votes)

On the islet Bannec, off the coast of Brittany, four fishermen have set up camp for three months to harvest seaweed. If processed correctly, the ash of the seaweed can be sold for high prices. It is therefore burnt in several large piles on the island.

Directed by Jean Epstein

The Italian Straw Hat(1928)

1h 45min | Comedy
3.1/5 (with 9 votes)

On the day of Fadinard's wedding, his horse eats a lady's hat on a bush at the roadside, while the lady is hidden behind the bush with her lover Lieutenant Tavernier. Because she is married, she cannot return home hatless without being compromised, and Tavernier orders Fadinard to replace the hat with one exactly like it - or else he will wreck his new home. In an elaborate sequence of complications, Fadinard tries to find a hat while keeping to his marriage schedule.

Michel Strogoff(1926)

2h 48min | Adventure
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Adapted from Jules Verne's 1876 novel Michael Strogoff, the film tells the tale of a Russian courier named Michael Strogoff who has to dash across Russia with a vital message for the tsar's brother, wrestling with bears and fighting off ferocious Tatar rebels along the way. Captured by the Tatars, he is brought before their leader and blinded with a red hot sword by the executioner.

Whirlpool of Fate(1925)

1h 12min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.2/5 (with 8 votes)

Jean Renoir's directional debut and first silent film stars his wife, Catherine Hessling, as a young girl who manages to turn her tragic family life into one of joy and happiness.

Directed by Jean Renoir - With Catherine Hessling, Pierre Lestringuez, Pierre Champagne, Charlotte Clasis, Pierre Renoir, André Derain, ...

L'ami Fritz(1920)

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Directed by René Hervil - With Léon Mathot

La valse de l'adieu(1928)

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