Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Une nuit agitée - 1912

Country: France
Language: French
Also Known As: Der kleine Störenfried (Germany)
Director: Max Linder
Writers: Louis Feuillade (story), Max Linder (scenario)
Stars: Max Linder, Stacia Napierkowska and Jane Renouardt
Production Co: S.C.A.G.L.
If you are unfamiliar with Max Linder's films, it might be worthwhile to tell you that he was the first international comedy star and that Charlie Chaplin said he learned a great deal from watching his films. In his film career, which extended from 1905 through the mid-1920s, he typically played variations on the young boulevardier.
In this one, it is his wedding night, married to the beautiful Stacia Napierkowska. He and his bride are sleeping..... and a flea keeps disturbing him. The variety of his reactions and his increasingly agitated efforts to get rid of the pest are the whole of this excellent movie. A fine introduction to this comedian.

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