Friday, February 24, 2012

La Glace à Trois Faces - 1927

Country: France
Director: Jean Epstein
Writers: Jean Epstein (adaptation), Paul Morand (novel)
Stars: Jeanne Helbling, Suzy Pierson and Olga Day
Also known as: Der dreiflügelige Spiegel (Germany), El espejo de las tres caras (Spain), Lustro o trzech twarzach (Poland), The Three-Sided Mirror (International - English title)
Filming Locations: L'Isle-Adam, Val-d'Oise, France, Paris, France
Production Co: Films Jean Epstein
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: Love Affair | Sports Car | Based On Short Story | Flashback | Nonlinear Timeline  | Bird | Avant Garde | Car Accident | Based On Novel
Genres: Drama
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..

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