Jean Epstein – Coeur fidèle aka the faithful heart (1923)

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(References: Richard Abel, French Cinema: The First Wave, 1915-1929 (Princeton UP, 1984), pp. 350-366.)
“Abel comments that Epstein’s film was ‘conceived in the wake of Abel Gance’s La Roue (1923)’ with its rapid cutting and use of symbolism. Epstein’s story of a tragic love triangle involving marginal workers and down-and-outs in the rundown milieu of the old Marseille waterfront, together with Fievre, established the subgenre of ‘the poetic realist film’ (see En rade, Pepe le moko, Quai des brumes). Epstein intended to take a popular form (melodrama) as the pretext for experimentation. Close-ups and rapid cutting are deployed in an original manner that according to Abel ‘synthesised much of then current film practice’. The film falls into two halves divided by the carnival sequence in which Epstein’s editing is at its most experimental assuming the form of ‘a vertiginous dance’. “

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Language:silent with french intertitles
Subs:English

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