|Sur un air de Charleston. Courtesy: British Film Institute and Connaissance du Cinéma|
A rare, playful piece of reverse ethnography, Renoir's Sur un air de Charleston
features delightful special effects and sublime slow-motion photography.
An African explorer (Johnny Huggins) lands on the streets of a post-apocalyptic Paris and discovers a young woman (Catherine Hessling) who roams the streets with an ape-like creature.
The woman reveals her native customs to the explorer, performing a Charleston dance in which he gleefully participates.Sur un air de Charleston
was recently restored by the Cinémathèque Française to include its original French intertitles.
Screens with King Kong