L'homme a l'Hispano
(The Man with the Hispano-Suizo)
Jean Murat, Marie Bell, Joan Helda, Gaston Mauger,
PRECEDED BY: LA VILLANELLE DES RUBANS (THE VILLANELLE OF RIBBONS) A filmed song. (1932, 7 mins, In French, B&W, 35mm, From La Cinémathèque française)
An ode to transportation, as well as to every possible kind of cinematic movement, Epstein’s film features the intrigue of a love triangle and the theme of a desire for world travel. It carries the plot over a great deal of terrain in the process. Even with its hammy acting and over-deliberate dialogue, the film features moments of both visual and audio bravado typical of Epstein’s penchant for derailing narrative lines with cinematic excesses.