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|La Petite Marchande d'Allumettes (1928); The Little Match Girl|
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La Petite Marchande d'Allumettes (The Little Match Girl) (1928) Dir. Jean Renoir & Jean TÚdesco
From the story by Hans Christian Andersen
40 min. / B&W / 1.33:1 / English subtitles
On DVD from Lionsgate ("Jean Renoir Collection")
One frozen, snowy New Year's Eve an impoverished young woman tries to sell matches on a street corner; as she freezes to death, she dreams of soldiers and toys and romance, but Death intrudes on a dark horse and pretty much puts a stop to all of THAT.
Didn't Bobby Darin sing this movie once?
Hey, a nice little picture with a remarkable fantasy sequence (including animation) - remarkable but kinda crude, it's not gonna win any awards but it's imaginative. The drawback is Catherine Hessing as the Match Girl - she stinks, and since she was Mrs. Jean Renoir, he should've known better. That aside, this is a good movie for children (if they are old enough to understand it) and the toyland sequence is a minor gem.
"Avec des chaussures pareilles, vous feriez mieux de retourner chez vous."
Okay print with a generic classical score that doesn't add anything to it - in fact, when Death chases the Match Girl and her soldier sweetie on horseback through the clouds, hearing "Flight of the Valkyries" is more likely to inspire laughter than thrills.
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