Ménilmontant (film)

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Directed by Dimitri Kirsanoff
Produced by Dimitri Kirsanoff
Written by Dimitri Kirsanoff
Starring Nadia Sibirskaïa
Yolande Beaulieu
Guy Belmont
Jean Pasquier
Music by Lev Shvarts
Cinematography Léonce Crouan
Dimitri Kirsanoff
Release date
  • 1926 (1926)
Running time
38 minutes
Country France
Language Silent film
no intertitles

Ménilmontant (pronounced [menilmɔ̃tɑ̃]) is a 1926 film written and directed by Dimitri Kirsanoff which takes its name from the Paris neighborhood of the same name. The film is a silent, but does not contain any intertitles. It begins with a flurry of quick close-up shots depicting the axe murder of the parents of the protagonists, two girls. As young women, they are portrayed by Nadia Sibirskaïa, Kirsanoff's first wife, and Yolande Beaulieu; their mutual love interest is played by Guy Belmont.[1] The film uses many other techniques that were relatively new at the time, including double exposure.[2] This film won many awards such as the best acting award.

Prominent film critic Pauline Kael said that Menilmontant was her favorite film of all time.[3]


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