Eugene Deslaw 1898-1966
Les nuits électriques (1928)
"In 1927, Eugène Deslaw, an experimental filmmaker of Ukrainian origin, produced a film-poem on the neo-Baudelairian theme of city lights. Against a backdrop of the night sky, he focuses the film on windows, streetlights and illuminated signs in Paris, Berlin, London and Prague. "The film's "actors", Deslaw wrote, "absolutely do not tempt me. I think the modern night, populated by strange an singing lights, doesn't really resemble any other night in history. It is as photogenic if not more than a beautiful woman's face".