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Dr. Goudron's System (1913) More at IMDbPro »Le système du docteur Goudron et du professeur Plume (original title)

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This film may actually have been released in 1912. It ran 15 minutes and was alternately titled "Le Systeme du Docteur Goudron et du Professeur Plume" (The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Feather), based upon Edgar Allan Poe's story. Director Maurice Tourneur was assistant to Emile Chautard at Eclair, the company that made this film. It was adapted from the famous Theatre du Grand Guignol, where it had been an effective stage production. You can read Poe's story if you want to know the secrets of this film. Tourneur filmed another piece written by screenwriter Andre de Lorde (FIGURES DE CIRE, 1912) before he moved to America. Eventually, a season of other Grand Guignol plays took place in London (in 1920), that initiated a series of one-reel films that had the general title of "GRAND GUIGNOL".

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