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Bout-de-Zan and the Shirker (1915)

Bout-de-Zan et l'embusqué (original title)
A mischievous young boy foils his boastful uncle's attempt to make a false demonstration of his skill with the shotgun.

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Marius Barbentane is visiting Bout-de-Zan uncle. He brings him and his wife a rabbit he pretends to have shot at 500 m. Taking into account the general laughter, it invites them the following day at his place and make the bet he is shooting a bird at 500m. Next day at Marius's, Bout-de-Zan playing in the garden meets a little boy. He discovers that Marius paid the boy 10 centimes to pull with a string a dead bird in a tree at 3 o'clock. Bout-de-Zan gives money to the boy and takes his place. At 3, when Marius is shooting, a stuffed rabbit is falling from the tree. Everyone is laughing. A little note written by Bout-de-Zan explains that instead of lying, Marius will have to join the army and shoot German as Bout-de-Zan 's father. Immediately Marius is running and enrols himself. Written by Olivier RONAT

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boy | rabbit | uncle | shotgun | little boy | See All (19) »

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September 1915 (France)  »

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Comedy And Propaganda
13 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

"Bout-de-Zan Et L'Embusqué" ( Bout de Zan And The Shirker ) (1915) is a French film ( nobody is perfect ) directed by the famous director Herr Louis Feuillade and part of a long series of short comedies directed by Feuillade featuring child star Bout de Zan ( Herr René Poyen ). This brief film is very funny and well paced but also contains a bit of propaganda that may be a bit shocking in these politically correct days.

The film depicts how Herr Marius Superbore, during wartime on a peaceful afternoon, bores Bout de Zan's uncles with unbelievable hunting stories; Herr Superbore appears with a rabbit saying that he shot him right between the eyes from a distance of five hundred feet. Obviously nobody believes him so he decides to demonstrate his abilities during the next day in his house and in front of Bout de Zan's uncles betting that he will shoot a bird the size of his thumb at five hundred feet. It's actually a trick and Bout de Zan exposes it and makes a fool of him.

Once Herr Superbore is unmasked, Bout de Zan tells him in a note: "Since you're such a good shot, instead of telling jokes why don't you do like my dad and go to the front to kill some Krauts". This is not a harmless comment and typical of the propaganda of the times, shamelessly using the little boy as a spokesperson for French patriotism.

Fortunately today things have changed and Germans bear them no malice; after all Teutons finally achieved their old intention of ruling Europe thanks to a peaceful and polite policy… And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count has to attend a meeting of the German/French friendship club.

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien http://ferdinandvongalitzien.blogspot.com


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