Sables (film)

Sables is a 1927 French silent film directed by Dimitri Kirsanoff and starring Colette Darfeuil, Gina Manès and Nadia Sibirskaïa.[1]

Directed byDimitri Kirsanoff
Written byDimitri Kirsanoff
CinematographyRoger Hubert
Release date
French intertitles

Richard Abel, in his history of French cinema of this period, positions Sables firmly in a wave of films made at this time in the exotic locations of North Africa and the French colonies. Sables was one of a series made by French filmmakers at this time Toussaint’s Inch’Allah, Luitz-Morat’s Le sang d’Allah (Allah’s blood) and Hugon’s Yasima

Sables fits into this pattern with a melodramatic plot that uses the Tunisian desert as its background adding mystery and the unknown.

The cast included the director's wife at the time Nadia Sibirskaïa who played a similar role for him in Menilmontant.

The cinematographer was Roger Hubert in what was his third feature, subsequently lighting Les Visiteurs du Soir and Les Enfants du Paradis.

KIrsanoff, had no illusions about what he had made he described the film as: ‘Terrible, childish, stupid, merely amusing…an imbecile wrote the story’[2]



  1. Oscherwitz & Higgins p.229
  2. 1941-, Abel, Richard, (1984). French cinema : the first wave, 1915-1929. Princeton University Press. pp. 156–7. ISBN 0691008132. OCLC 18088832.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)


  • Dayna Oscherwitz & MaryEllen Higgins. The A to Z of French Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2009.

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