Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
Feyder's early feature is a very funny movie, biting the hand that feeds him, or at least that fed his employer, Gaumont. This is a send-up of Feuillade's serials like LES VAMPIRES, with some interesting cameos, including one by Musidora in costume.
This movie is nominally the last four of the 1700 or so episodes of the serial THE CLUTCHING FOOT, in which the hero -- who looks like Mack Swain without his mustache -- and his boy assistant continually rescue his beautiful fiancée from a dreadful fate at the hands of the Clutching Foot Gang and their fiendish leader, The Man In The Green Scarf, an evil genius who likes to travel by baby buggy.
Everything contributes to the humor, including the elaborately designed sets that are continually jiggling about, and the finale will, if you have any familiarity with these early serials, have you howling. For the serial fan only, but if you are one, absolutely delightful.
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