Thursday, October 01, 2009

a very fine lady (feuillade, 1908)

Feuillade may not be the first filmmaker to use music hall gags (the swinging ladder/rifle that hits the other man; man is sprayed by ignorant gardener, etc), but here at least he has a knack for exploiting the frame's edge and foreground-background interplay. Gags would be perfected later by Chaplin, Keaton, Tashlin, Kovacs, Tati, et al. Crude but fun.

A girl so hot she leaves a trail of disaster a mile wide.

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