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La course des sergents de ville (1907)

Probably hilarious in 1907, nowadays more weird than anything. Pioneering french director Ferdinand Zecca’s early slapstick record-breaker sports an ever-increasing number of clumsy cops chasing a clever canine thief. This goes on for around four of the approximately five and … Continue reading

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Place publique (2018)

When it comes to movies, a party is almost never allowed to be just a party – it will more or less always lead into different kinds of badness. And on top of that we have Chekhov’s gun. Well conceived … Continue reading

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Le printemps (1909)

Supposedly beautiful and poetic in some kind of preraphaelite-/art nouveau-inspired style. But absolutely nothing happens while matters get more and more sappy, boring, and slow despite the short running time. Very far from my book of elaborately composed oval tableaux. … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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