Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Une héroïne de quatre ans - 1907

Country: France
Directors: Louis Feuillade, Alice Guy
Genres: Short
Also known as: A Four-Year-Old Hero
Production Co: Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont
This is a typically well-produced little film from Alice Guy, the pioneering French woman. It follows a little four-year-old girl who skips away when her nursemaid falls asleep on a bench in the park. The little girl helps the police apprehend a couple of muggers, prevents a blind man from falling into a canal and a trio of drunks from being obliterated by a train at a level crossing before finding a helpful policeman to take her home much to the relief of her parents and nursemaid.
The film is particularly well edited, with sequential shots clearly showing the girl and her nursemaid leaving the lounge of the girl's parents, leaving the house and walking to the park. It's the sort of sequence that we take for granted today, but back then many filmmakers would probably have considered a couple of those shots superfluous. This one's worth a look.

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