Wednesday, October 19, 2011

La Glu - 1907

Country: France
Also Known As: The Glue
Production Co: Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont
Genres: Short | Comedy
Director: Alice Guy
Although IMDb lists this as a film by Louis Feuillade it is actually one of Alice Guy's - and very good it is too. As with quite a few of these early comedies, the film focuses on the pranks of a mischievous boy, this one in possession of a large pot of glue that offers limitless opportunities for pranks. It's not long before the dignity of adults is disintegrated when they find their feet stuck to steps or their posteriors to bicycle seats. Some of the scenes are genuinely funny, and although the film is fairly primitive by modern standards, it shows a good deal of sophistication for the era in which it was made and offers a good example of how far cinema had progressed not only in the twelve years since its inception, but also in the previous couple of years.

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