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MBC Interactive Archive Retrospective: Highlights of World Cinema "The French Avant-Garde" L'INHUMAINE (The Inhuman Woman) by Marcel L'Herbier

  • 17 May 2018
  • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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THU, MAY 17, 6:45p:

MBC Interactive Archive Retrospective:

Highlights of World Cinema


With support of Cultural Services of the French Embassy


(The Inhuman Woman)

Directed by MARCEL L’HERBIER/France/1924/2hr, 15mins.

With Jaque Catelain, Leonid Walter de Malte, Phillippe Herlat

Released to intense controversy in 1924 for its cinematic and technical innovations, L’Inhumaine (The Inhuman Woman) is a visual tour-de-force; a fantastical, science-fiction melodrama; and a momentous collaboration of legendary figures from the avant-garde movement. Directed by Marcel L’Herbier (L’Argent, Feu Mathias Pascal) and starring the famous French opera singer Georgette Leblanc – who helped produce the film along with L’Herbier’s company, Cinégraphic – L’Inhumaine is most notable for the style of filmmaking. In L’Herbier’s words, it represents a “miscellany of modern art,” bringing together some of the greatest artists from the time period, including painter Fernand Léger, architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, glassmaker René Lalique, fashion designer Paul Poiret, and directors Alberto Cavalcanti and Claude Autant-Lara, among others, to create a collaborative cinematic experience.

For this brand-new restoration, Lobster Films – with the support of Marie-Ange L’Herbier (the director’s daughter), the French CNC, SACEM and Maison Hermès – utilized the original nitrate negative, scanned at a pristine 4K resolution, and restored the original tints for the first time since the film’s release.



Miami Premiere of the newly scored versions by the Alloy Orchestra

These shorts all include new music composed and performed by the Alloy Orchestra, a three-man ensemble critic Roger Ebert called "the best in the world at accompanying silent films."



Directed by F. PERCY SMITH/UK/1910/2mins.

Imagine audiences in 1910 seeing a fly under a microscope for the first time on a big screen. This is one of the early cinematic marvels that thrilled audiences (at 2 minutes long) and is an example of the possibilities and wonders of a new medium.

The films will be introduced by 

French Consulate Cultural Attaché Vanessa Selk

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