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Paris Asleep / The Crazy Ray

Paris Asleep / The Crazy Ray

A Short film by René Clair

Produced by Les Films Diamant

Production year : 1923

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Actors (5)

Production and distribution (2)

Executive Producer :

Les Films Diamant

Film exports/foreign sales :

Pathé Distribution


Early roots of sci-fi magic are given to us in the form of a scientist who invents a ray that makes people caught in its beam fall asleep where they stand. With magical and wonderful shots of a Paris long gone, it is the adventure of a group of unaffected who with their sudden freedoms play the game of mice while the cat is away. With a narrative that sways toward a moralistic stance on the principles of fair play and responsibility, this little science fiction fable can still be poignant today as when the magnificent views were first shot from the dizzy heights of the Eiffel Tower.

Source : Wikipedia.


Full credits (6)

Assistant Director :

Claude Autant-Lara

Screenwriter :

René Clair

Editor :

René Clair

Producer :

Henri Diamant-Berger

Directors of Photography :

Maurice Desfassiaux, Paul Guichard

Costume designer :

Claude Autant-Lara

Technical details

Short film

Genres :


Sub-genre :

Bizarre, Fantasy

Themes :

City, Science and technology

Production language :


Original French-language productions :


Nationality :

100% French

Production year :


Runtime :

35 min

Color type :

Black & White

Aspect ratio :


Audio format :