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The Crazy Ray (Paris Asleep) (Paris qui dort) (1924)

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Albert Préjean Albert Préjean
L'aviateur
Henri Rollan Henri Rollan
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Marcel Vallée Marcel Vallée
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A mad scientist invents an invisible ray that makes everyone paralyzed with sleep except for some people who weren't on the ground. A group of thieves that were in an airplane steal what they want and the fight among themselves, and a watchman on the Eiffel Tower follows them until they find the scientist responsible.
Release date: 26 December 1924
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"In René Clair’s The Crazy Ray, a man (Albert Préjean) and a group of friends are in an airplane on their way to Paris when a scientist’s experimental device freezes every Parisian in place. Unaffected, the friends deplane to find that up close the bustling French capital looks exactly as it does from above: immobile, timeless, asleep. The film’s English title refers to the beam emitted by the scientist’s device, but the French title (Paris Qui Dort, or “Paris Sleeping”) refers to t"


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