Chanson d’Armor (Epstein, 1934)

Chanson d’Armor (Jean Epstein, 1934)

Depsite being made 11 years after Epstein’s Coeur fidèle, this almost feels like a warm-up exercise in style and presentation. Of course, that’s not necessarily a bad thing considering the latter is arguably the best edited film I’ve ever seen. It was just strange to essentially see Epstein moving backwards with this. (And, granted, I have no idea at this point what the movies in between these two are like.) Chanson d’Armor still features fantastic cinematograhy as Epstein creates beautiful images by being unafraid to put the camera anywhere. The simple story of a fisherman, a local girl, and their forbidden infatuation is also right up my alley.

Unfortunately, despite offering nothing to suggest the central relationship is more than two young adults who happened to catch each others’ eyes, the film turns unexpectedly melodramatic and over-the-top in a rushed and unfitting finale. It works much better during the middle portion of the film when the leading male, while floating across the sea, stares at the ocean and pictures his new crush gazing back at him on the water.  7.75/10

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3 Responses to “Chanson d’Armor (Epstein, 1934)”

  1. Hi Chris,
    Im trying to get hold of a copy of Chanson d’Armor and also get the rights to screen it, do you have any info on who owns it?
    Many thanks,
    Seonaid

    • chrisfilm Says:

      Sorry to say, but I don’t have any idea. That would be interesting info to know, but past my area of expertise.

      • A better question is where and how did you get a hold of a copy
        to be able to watch it? ……………………….Kev

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