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Léonce Perret (writer)
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4 August 1913 (Denmark) See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Léonce Perret ... Léonce
Louis Leubas ... Edmond Le Bachelier
Maurice Lagrenée ... Le Bosco
Émile Keppens ... Pierre de Valen
Marc Gérard ... Le savetier Tiron
Henri Duval ... Jacques de Valen (as Henry Duval)
Marie Dorly ... La gouvernante
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Suzanne Le Bret
Jeanne Marie-Laurent
Adrien Petit
Suzanne Privat

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Léonce Perret 
 
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Léonce Perret  writer

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Robert-Jules Garnier 
 

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100 min | 124 min (16 fps)
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This was made two years before Birth of a Nation, 6 July 2011
Author: jrd_73 from United States

The Child of Paris is the one feature included on Kino's early film collection Gaumont Treasures. This Dickensian story follows a young girl from a privileged background who becomes separated from her family. First, she is placed in a boarding school and then later falls into the hands of a drunk cobbler and the leader of a band of thieves. Our heroine has one friend, Bosco the cobbler's assistant. The film is not as melodramatic as it could have been. For instance, no one at the boarding school is physically abusive to the young girl. It is probably even a good school, just not for a depressed child who thinks she has lost everything.

The Child of Paris was made two years before Birth of a Nation. My knowledge of features from that era is limited, making a fair assessment of The Child of Paris difficult. I have watched Cabiria (made a year later) and remember it fondly. I have also watched The Last Days of Pompeii (also made in 1913) and found that film a struggle to finish. Otherwise, my frame of reference for pre-Birth films is limited to shorts. All that aside, I would still wager that this film was ahead of its time. There are a handful of wonderful moments (the escape from the boarding school; the returning hero saluting the crowd as his heart is breaking; and Bosco on a hilltop framed against a glittering sea in Nice). All of these make this film memorable.

On a personal note, I found the film somewhat prolonged at 124 minutes. The story appears to end at about the halfway point but then the villain gets away with the girl at the last moment. The second half focuses on Bosco, the little heroine's one friend, trying to save her. The film gets a little bogged down in scenes of Bosco in Nice (despite some wonderful scenery).

The Child of Paris is a good film and of historical importance. Kino deserves much thanks for rescuing this title. However, although I liked the film, my enthusiasm is not as strong as the other reviewers.

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