Feminist, rebellious, and a close friend of Marcel L’Herbier’s, famed opera singer Georgette Leblanc shared the director’s artistic vision for L’Inhumaine (1924). In the film, Leblanc plays Claire Lescott, the “inhuman woman” who lives on the outskirts of Paris where she draws important men to her like moths to a flame. The screenplay for the film, close to an operatic structure, was conceived for the singer; Leblanc brought 50% of the financing in exchange for the main role.
This scene below from L’Inhumaine demonstrates the charisma of Leblanc’s Claire. She captivates the audience with her voice and stage presence, turning a rowdy, inattentive crowd into a rapt audience of enthusiastic admirers.