Lucienne Dechorain, whose professional name was Lucie Derain, was above all a film critic, but she was also a film director, film editor, fiction writer, and very likely a screenwriter. (...) The only 35mm film that Derain both wrote and directed, HARMONIES DE PARIS (1928), was released, although without much critical success, together with René Clair’s LA TOUR (1928)(...). Nevertheless, Derain’s film is quite far from LA TOUR’s avant-garde style and the two films never met equal critical reception, HARMONIES DE PARIS receiving positive but not enthusiastic reviews. For example, Cinémagazine described the film as a “summary,” a “nice trip” surely appreciated by everyone who loves Paris, while concluding that the film must be praised and encouraged (...); Pour vous focused on how HARMONIES DE PARIS speaks about the soul of the French capital through simple images (...). Derain herself, interviewed by a journalist named “Saint-Sèvre” of L’Ami du Peuple, explained that the aim of the film was to show “some harmonies of Paris … and nothing more. It ried to create a synthesis of the city’s charms”.
Laura Vichi, Women Film PioneersProject Website, 2017
The movie is part of our documentary double program. #2 is A Motorcycle Trip Among the Clouds.