Wednesday, August 17, 2011

C'est pour les orphelines - 1916

For the Children (1916)
French film. This sketch was contributed by the cast and crew of "Les Vampires" to a 1916 omnibus film, "For the Children", donated by the French film industry to raise funds for war orphans. Its humor pivots upon a French idiom well-explained by director Michael Powell in his 1086 autobiography, "a Life in Movies":
"The French have a charming word for a pretentious piece of shit, a flop, a turkey; they call it a navet (a turnip), and when it is embarassingly awful, it becomes a super navet."

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