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149 Ratings


Directed by Marcel L'Herbier
France, 1928
Silent, Drama, Romance


Adapted from Émile Zola’s novel of the same name, Marcel L’Herbier’s L’Argent is an opulent classic of late silent-era cinema. Filmed in part on location at the Paris stock exchange, it reveals a world of intrigue, greed, decadence, and ultimately corruption and scandal.

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L'argent Directed by Marcel L'Herbier
Those who do not own the Eureka! set should welcome the renewed availability of this major film, perhaps L’Herbier’s finest. . . . Apart from being an interesting early Impressionist film in itself, it provides a useful contrast in styles between similar stories told in 1921 and 1928 by the same director.
August 04, 2019
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I have expressed my reservations about L’Herbier’s films in earlier entries, but for me L’Argent is the big exception: stylistically daring and narratively engaging. Perhaps adapting Zola led L’Herbier to make a more conventionally suspenseful film than usual.
December 28, 2018
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…Such divided opinion recalls a more recent portrayal of the One Percent’s depravity and another dazzling display of an auteur’s style, Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street (2013), which tackles our generation’s greedheads, revealing their cloistered, entitled world. The similarities between the two films – right down to the repulsive fetishizing of women – induces a similar queasiness. But both keep hammering their central lesson, which is never heeded.
September 15, 2015
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