Best of… Series – 1926 – Ménilmontant

Ménilmontant (Dimitri Kirsanoff, 1926)

Wow. Apparently cinematic perfection was developed in 1926. Ménilmontant proves to me that cinema is most blissful as a purely visual medium. This film needs no soundtrack and no intertitles. Kirsanoff uses his characters faces, the city that surrounds them, and incredible montages to tell a simple and heartbreaking story. Of all the other films famous for their montages and tricky camerawork from the 1920s, none of them accomplished anywhere near the emotional connection of this film. Ménilmontant is able to do all those technical things while still being first and foremost about the characters. Nadia Sibirskaia gives one of the greatest performances I have ever seen. She displays the emotions of newly discovered love, heartbreak, desperation, and hope in an unexaggerated, yet obviously real way. She gushes of innocence and is one of the most sympathetic characters to ever grace the screen. This is the best film I’ve seen in ages.  10/10

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2 Responses to “Best of… Series – 1926 – Ménilmontant”

  1. How did you see this (and more importantly, how can I see it)? IMDb says it’s only ever shown in Japan and Argentina and isn’t on video…

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