René Clair has been called the most French of filmmakers. Each of his films reflects his own diverse and sophisticated view of the world, creating a poetically comic universe which centers on Paris. Clair's penchant for invention, research, and experimentation allied him to the pioneers of the film art, for whom a motion picture was not merely a mode of expression but one of invention. Far from limiting his work to the avant-garde, however, Clair applied his techniques to an art which, though the refined art of an intellectual, was also a popular art.
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