Rene Clair along with other directors like Murnau, Hitchock, Pudovkin and Eisenstein were critical of the use of sound or more particularly dialogue in films fearing that it would return cinema to the theatre. "Le Million", Clair's second sound picture after "Under the Roofs of Paris" (1930) is a truly innovative film in it's use of sound which is used to complement the image and not the story. The most famous scene from this film, the tussle for the jacket that is overlaid with the sound of a football crowd is an excellent example of his innovation. "Le Million" is basically a comedy-musical about the hunt for a missing lottery ticket, set in Parisian bohemia, with a flamboyance that only the French are capable of. One has to believe that "Le Million" was an influence on the The Marx Brothers when they made "A Night at the Opera" in 1935 and perhaps even some of Chaplin's films in the 30s. Rene Clair would follow this film up with another classic "A Nous La Liberte"(1931).
Annabella (Napoleon,1927; Hotel Du Nord,1938)
Rene Lefevre (Le Crime de Monsieur Lange,1936; Le Doulos,1963)
Georges Perinal (Blood of the Poet,1930; A Nous la Liberte,1931; Thing to Come;1936; The Life and death of Colonel Blimp,1943; Falllen Idol, 1948)
The Criterion DVD is a good sharp transfer.