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For the Children (1916)

C'est pour les orphelins (original title)
The artist awakens. His maid brings him a letter from the Gaumont Studio. After a quick glance to it, he hastens to get dressed and runs to the studio followed by his wife, his maid and his... See full summary »

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Renée Bartout
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Renée Carl
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The artist awakens. His maid brings him a letter from the Gaumont Studio. After a quick glance to it, he hastens to get dressed and runs to the studio followed by his wife, his maid and his son, Bout-de-Zan who want a part in the movie. When he finally finds a director, a cameraman and a script, the roles were assigned to everyone and everyone is partially satisfied. Bout-de-Zan gets the final word showing them a bundle of turnips : another "navet" (Joke about turnip which means also a bad movie in French) Written by Anonymous

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A comedy short that's about nothing really.
3 February 2007 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This early silent comedy short seems like a completely pointless one. It has got a very weak and simple story, that doesn't even feature good comical moments and a weird ending.

The movie features most of the cast members of the 1915 movie-serial "Les Vampires", also directed by Louis Feuillade. It's perhaps the only redeeming quality of this movie. René Poyen plays the comical character Bout-de-Zan again and the main role is being portrayed by Marcel Lévesque, who certainly had a great talent for comedy, although that doesn't completely fully shows in this movie.

The movie is just plain weird and halve of the time you really don't understand what is going on, or what the movie is even about. It took me awhile before I understood who all the characters were and what they were doing.

The movie tries too hard to be funny with as a result that the humor in it feels very forced, which causes it to be not funny and it just doesn't work out. Toward the ending the movie definitely gets better and the movie starts to take more form. It really seems like they shot this movie without a script and just came up with things, as they went along with filming. Of course not a thing that was uncommon for comedy shorts made in the 1910's.

The movie is also too short to say anything more negative or really positive about it.

A pointless to watch silent comedy short, that barely entertains enough.

5/10

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