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The History of French Cinema: 1929
















Un chien andalou (1929)



  27/2 -

The Chambre Syndicale reduces the US film import quota from seven imports for each French film released to three. [ADD]

  5/4 -

After a four month ban, Jacques Feyder’s political satire, Les Nouveaux Messieurs (The New Gentlemen) is released.   The film was originally banned for undermining the “dignity of parliament and its ministers.” [ADD]

  6/6 -

Luis Bunuel’s controversial surreal short, Un Chien Andalou, is released.   The film features scenes of a woman’s eyeball being cut open with a razor, and ants crawling from a wounded hand. [ADD]

  30/6 -

V. Ivanoff, the head of Ecran d’Art, announces that Abel Gance will film an adaptation of Camille Flammarion’s The End of the World using the Gaumont-Petersen-Poulson sound process. [ADD]

  3/7 -

Bernard Natan, former head of Rapid Film, succeeds Charles Pathe as head of the Pathe empire.   Pathe remains on the board of directors. [ADD]

  31/8 -

The French film industry begins to respond to the advent of talking pictures:  Leon Gaumont adapts his studios in La Villette to cater for sound, Tobis re-equip their studios in Epinay, and Pathe Natan fit a studio for sound in rue Francoeur. [ADD]

  2/10 -

Robert Hirel’s Franco Film Company takes over the Louis Aubert organisation.   The new company is named Aubert-Franco Film. [ADD]

  15/11 -

Germaine Dulac is named President of the newly formed federation of cine-clubs. [ADD]

    Georges Melies
  16/12 -

A gala is held at Studio 28 in Paris for film pioneer Georges Melies, who was discovered by chance running his wife’s sweet kiosk on the first floor of the Gare Montparnasse by Leon Druhot, editor of Cine-Journal. [ADD]

  Dec -

A conference is held to exclude educational films from import duties.   Harold M. Smith, MPPDA representative at the conference, argues that ‘all our entertainment films are educational.’ [ADD]


Les Trois Masques, France’s first talking picture, is released.   Directed by Andre Hugon for Pathe-Natan, the film stars Marcel Vibert and Renee Heribel, and was filmed in Britain to take advantage of their superior sound equipment.  [ADD]


– Three companies merge to become Gaumont-Franco-Film-Aubert, while Pathe and Natan merge to become Pathe-Natan.  [MORE] [ADD]


– By the end of 1929 France has 4,200 cinemas, most of which are part-time, open only at weekends, and actually converted rural houses.   [ADD]


Other Key Films of 1929

    Finis terrae (1929)

Etudes sur Paris (Andre Sauvage) [ADD]


La Femme et le pantin (Jacques de Baroncelli) [ADD]


Finis terrae (Jean Epstein) [ADD]


Les Mysteres du chateau Des (Man Ray) [ADD]


Monte-Cristo (Henri Fescourt) [ADD]

    Nogent, Eldorado du dimanche (Marcel Carne) [ADD]
    The History of Cinema: 1929
    Argentina - Germany
    Gt. Britain
    Greece - USSR
    USA: January - April
    USA: May - August
    USA: September - December


France: 1928

France: 1930




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