Thursday, April 02, 2009

La Glace à trois faces

Today is the anniversary of the death in 1953 of film director Jean Epstein. He directed La Glace à trois faces (The Three-Sided Mirror), which is a 1927 silent short film. It is a tragic story. Senses of Cinema says Epstein's
dependence on the close-up, his obsession with the totemic power of the object, his freewheeling mastery of cutting, variation of camera speed and trust in the interpretive abilities of the audience, all come to a head with La Glace à trois faces.

The film can be viewed online and downloaded from ubuweb:

There's an interesting fountain pen at about 12:50. It screws out. What kind is that... Again at 22:10.

I've also seen Epstein's 1928 Fall of the House of Usher.


  1. Anonymous8:55 AM

    Just out of curiosity, is this somehow related to the film The Mirror Has Three Faces?

    Or do they just share similar titles?

  2. I don't know. It may be a different translation of the title of the same film.