THE CRAZY RAY
AT 2:35; THE INVISIBLE RAY; PARIS ASLEEP
(Paris Qui Dort)
Unlike the more serious treatments of the theme that would follow, The Crazy Ray is mostly played for light comedy, and never more than that. Amidst this, there are occasionally some striking images particularly the pure decadence of Madeleine Rodrigue lounging on the side of the Eiffel Tower with a pearl necklace hanging from one ankle and the menfolk making paper darts out of money. Clair uses simple stop-action camerawork to represent the freezing and restarting of time. The effect is simple, nevertheless marked. The Crazy Ray is not a particularly profound film but is light and enjoyable.
Rene Clairs other films of genre interest are: the surrealist silent films Entracte (1924) and The Imaginary Voyage (1925); the Hollywood light fantasy The Ghost Goes West (1936); the appealingly frothy I Married a Witch (1942) about a romance between a mortal and a witch; It Happened Tomorrow (1944) about a man who can read tomorrows headlines; Beauty and the Devil (1950), a retelling of the Faust story; and Beauties of the Night (1952), a charming fantasy about a daydreamer.
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