Under the Sky of Paris  

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"Paris dort dans les bras de la Seine. Paris dort et les parisiens rêvent (…) ils ne se doutent pas que le destin pense à eux..."


“Paris sleeps in the arms of the Seine. Paris sleeps and the Parisians dream (…) they have no idea that fate is thinking of them…” -

-- Under the Sky of Paris (1951), incipit voice-over showing a fly-over of Paris, text written by Henri Jeanson

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Under the Sky of Paris (French: Sous le ciel de Paris) is a 1951 French drama film directed by Julien Duvivier.

An early example of hyperlink cinema, the film depicts the fates of unrelated characters whose lives will intertwine miraculously under the sky of Paris in a time frame of 24 hours.



Under the sky of Paris, during a day, we see large and small events that occur in the lives of several people whose fates will intertwine. A poor old lady, after searching in vain all day to feed her cats, receives an unexpected reward from a mother whose daughter she had found. A young girl, dreaming of love, refuses the advances of her childhood friend to be stabbed to death by a sadistic sculptor. The latter is shot by a policeman who accidentally injured a worker who was returning home after the successful conclusion of a strike. Rushed to hospital, the injured worker is saved through the first open-heart surgery performed by a young surgeon who has just failed his intern exam.

It all ends with a front page in the newspaper in which "Georges Forestier ressuscite un mort", "mon amie Denise trouve dans les vingt-quatre heures la fortune et la mort".


It was shot at the Billancourt Studios in Paris and on location around the city. The film's sets were designed by the art director René Moulaert. The film score was by Jean Wiener.


The song of the same name, later recorded by Édith Piaf and others.


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