Albert and a collection of tourists, who have just landed in a biplane at Paris' airport, steal a taxi, raid the city, and thoroughly take advantage of the situation, surrounded by millions of Parisians as immobile as statues.
Bix Beiderbecke, Clair infuses a Jazz Age sensibility into the form, riffing with good humor on the then-current deep-thinkery about cinematic movement, rhythm, and film's possibilities in manipulating time.
Originally an hour-long feature, in the 1950s Clair pared the film down to this version clocking in at just under 34 minutes.
A treat that still exudes style and cleverness, it exhibits Clair's signature camerawork and playful whimsy, and opens with beautiful (and historically fascinating) shots of 1920s Paris from the Eiffel Tower.
* Or his very first, depending on which reference source you open. I've seen various release dates for this film ranging from 1923 to 1927. 1925 pops up most often, so I'll go with that unless conclusive info sets me right otherwise.