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La Glace à trois faces

La Glace à trois faces

A Short film by Jean Epstein

Produced by Films Jean Epstein

Production year : 1927

    Synopsis

    Psychological narrative avantgarde film about a wealthy young businessman who consecutively falls in love with a classy English woman (Pearl), a Russian sculptress (Athalia), and a naive working-class girl (Lucie). Overpowered by weakness, the coward sidesteps the obligations that love affairs impose: rather than living up to his dates he takes his sports-car from an ultra-modern garage and speeds to the fashionable beaches of Deauville. On his way, he is fatally hit by a descending swallow. The film is divided into three segments each of which consists of events the woman experienced. These sequences are embedded in scenes in which each of the three women is telling and casting her mind back to her own love affair. Thus, present, future and past merge and cannot be distinguished clearly. The intertwinement of several layers of time experience, recollection, telling and showing have been regarded as a source of inspiration of Alain Resnais and this film prefigures his "L'Année dernière à Mariënbad" to a certain extent.

    Source : IMDb

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (2)

    Executive Producer :

    Films Jean Epstein

    Full credits (6)

    Executive Producer :

    Jean Epstein

    Author of original work :

    Paul Morand

    Director of Photography :

    Marcel Eywinger

    Assistant Director :

    Nino Costantini

    Screenwriter :

    Jean Epstein

    Production Designer :

    Pierre Kefer

    Technical details

    Short film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    Silent

    Production country :

    France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :

    1927

    Runtime :

    39 min

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    1.33

    Audio format :

    Silent