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Patricia Ferreira

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The world, the rhythm, and the misunderstandings of the vaudeville, taken to film: this is Un chapeau de paille d'Italie directed by René Clair in 1927 from a theatrical work of Eugène Labiche - who is considered the father of this genre- and his usual collaborator, Marc-Michel. In opposition to the a comedy cinema like the North American, with more emphasis in the physical expression, Clair directs a comedy full of European style twists, developing with irony and subtlety a portrait of representative characters from the French bourgeois of the end of 19th century. His sense of humor and the humor of the situations are a trademark from this director so unjustly forgotten, but who in Un chapeau de paille d'Italie managed to make real the title of one of his other famous movies: Le silence est d'or (Silence is Golden).

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