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A Scandal in Paris


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  • My guilty-pleasure-favorite Sirk-Sanders pairing is A Scandal in Paris... The reason the film isn't more respected as an interesting outlier in the Sirk canon may be to do with kitsch irruptions like the musical number performed by Carole Landis in a night club, wearing eighteenth century ruff and beauty spot as part of a blatant 1940s burlesque costume. This rather breaks the flow of a film which had, until then, a kind of Hollywood History fauxthenticity going for it.

  • Droll and fanciful, it is a picaresque tale with a mischievously understated attitude. Sirk puts no particular emphasis on the ridiculous ease with which Vidocq dupes and manipulates others — it is simply the way of the world. The movie is also amusingly self-reflexive.

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    Film Comment: Farran Smith Nehme
    November 03, 2016 | November/December 2016 Issue (p. 91)

    The cinematography, primarily by an uncredited Eugen Schüfftan, is superb, and Sanders near-perfect, the only flaws being a sluggish pace and an insipid performance by Signe Hasso as the love interest.

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    Sight & Sound: Michael Atkinson
    November 04, 2016 | December 2016 Issue (p. 101)

    It conscientiously looks like a Lang film designed by Aubrey Beardsley (the design team included Eugen Schüfftan); at times the actors become overwhelmed by a welter of giant friezes, ornate murals and faux icons. The cast nevertheless shines.

  • With a display of suave images and wry performances, Sirk delights in the elegant formalities that withhold judgment in favor of pleasure and knowledge. His intricate shadows and ornamental overload suggest nuances that are the very essence of high culture and enduring beauty, complete with their illusions and dangers.