Noted for its innovative cinematic techniques and stylized look (contributed by members of the avant-garde movement), director Marcel L'Herbier's silent melodrama stars opera singer Georgette Leblanc as title anti-heroine Claire Lescot, a pleasure-seeking diva who uses and discards one lover after another in her mansion on the outskirts of Paris. When one ex-paramour apparently takes his own life, Claire is forced to confront her actions. With Jaque Catelain, Philippe Hériat. 122 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score; featurettes. Silent with music score.
Blu-Ray edition. L'Inhumaine ("the inhuman woman" is a 1924 French drama-science fiction film directed by Marcel L'Herbier. Georgette Leblanc plays the Inhuman Woman of the title, Claire Lescot, who lives on the outskirts of Paris, where she draws important men to her like moths to a flame. At her luxurious parties, she basks in the amorous attentions of her many admirers while always remaining aloof. When it appears she is the reason for a young devotee's suicide, however, her fans desert her. The filming of the concert where she's raucously booed is a renowned piece of cinema history: L'Herbier invited more than 2,000 people from the arts and fashionable society to attend the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and play the part of the unruly audience. Among the attendees were Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Erik Satie, René Clair, James Joyce, and Ezra Pound (although none are actually visible).