Le Silence est d'or Man About Town

Le Silence est d'or Man About Town

Man About Town (original title: Le Silence est d'or - "Silence is golden") is a 1947 French-American film written and directed by René Clair. It was released in a shortened version in the US as Man About Town (see below). The film marked Clair's return to working in France after twelve years abroad in Britain and the USA.


The setting is Paris in the early 1900s ("1906, perhaps") and much of the action takes place in a silent film studio. Émile, a director, advises his shy young employee Jacques to adopt his own carefree attitude towards women ("one lost, ten found"). Émile takes under his wing Madeleine, the daughter of his old friend Célestin, when she arrives from the country; he offers her a place to stay and a job at his studio, and he starts to fall in love with her. When Jacques returns from military service, he and Madeleine are drawn to each other but they feel guilty about betraying the fatherly Émile. Émile finally realises the truth and decides that he must not stand in the young couple's way.


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    award Golden Leopard
    contentLocation Paris
    director René Clair
    editor Henri Taverna Louisette Hautecoeur
    genre comedy historical
    keywords early 1900s military service old friend silent film young couple
    musicBy Georges Van Parys
    producer René Clair
    productionCompany Pathé
    publisher Pathé
    theme filmmaking romantic comedy