Directed by Marcel L’Herbier. Fernand Léger, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Paul Poiret, René Lalique, and other vanguard French painters, architects, designers, dancers, and musicians were enlisted by filmmaker L’Herbier to collaborate with him on this “miscellany of modern art.” Newly restored, it’s a fantastic silent spectacle about a heartless opera singer and her many beaus, some of whom she drives to murder and suicide. “As Caligari served to market German Expressionism as a brand, so L’Inhumaine might have been made to promote the term Art Deco” –J. Hoberman, NY Times. Shown with two different recorded music scores: the Alloy Orchestra’s on Sunday and percussionist Aidje Tafial’s on Tuesday.
(France, 1924, English intertitles, color-tinted b&w, Blu-ray, 122 min.)
Admission is $10; CMA members $7.