Tag Archives: 1900s

Une héroïne de quatre ans (1906)

A beloved girl walks happily out in a sunlit world, and we are all pretty sure that something bad will occur – but this little protagonist shows herself to be far tougher than expected! Refreshingly unexpected, though not in my … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

La glu (1907)

A mischieveous young prankster annoys his innocent victims and eventually gets what he deserves. No characterization, just a string of events in succession ended by some kind of karma payback. Cute, but less funny than intended. Not in my sticky … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

La marâtre (1906)

The serious subject matter of child abuse is tackled here in a refreshingly frank manner, with some scenes having emotional resonance to this very day. Would probably have benefitted from a longer running time to fully develop story and characters. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Les chiens savants (1902)

Miss Dundee’s waist is more impressive than the underwhelming dog performances in this early short by pioneering french female director Alice Guy-Blaché. Not in my book of animals showing off. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QMLcJgSOWM

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The awakening (1909)

Sealed with a kiss! Moviemaking has changed so much that it is sometimes hard to distinguish comedy from drama after more than a hundred years. Quaint social patterns make this one rather incomprehensible, despite the simple and straightforward story. Not … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The doctor’s bride (1909)

A parodically quick ride downhill for an unfaithful woman – but is this for real? Fast, to the point, and more than a little silly. Not in my book of marital threats. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig5aFXH-C1Q

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Alice in Wonderland (1903)

Heavy reliance on text intertitles – complete with unnecessary spoilers! – for understanding. Suffering from fragmented and jittery editing. All in all, this turns into a rather bumpy ride whether you’re familiar with the source material or not. Reasonably well-made … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment