The Little Match Girl (1928 film)

The Little Match Girl (French: La petite marchande d'allumettes) is a 1928 French drama featurette film directed by Jean Renoir and starring Catherine Hessling. It tells the story of a frozen girl who tries to sell matches during Christmas and dreams about a toy store. The film is based on the short story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen.[1]

The Little Match Girl
Directed byJean Renoir
Written byHans Christian Andersen
Jean Renoir
StarringCatherine Hessling
Eric Barclay
CinematographyJean Bachelet
Release date
8 June 1928
Running time
34 minutes
LanguageSilent film
French intertitles


  • Catherine Hessling as Karen
  • Amy Wells as Pop
  • Jean Storm as Lieutenant Axel Ott
  • Manuel Raaby as Politieagent


  1. "La Petite Marchande d'allumettes". (in French). Arte. 2007-12-10. Archived from the original on 2014-12-14. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
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