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Max Takes Tonics (1911)

Max victime du quinquina (original title)
Max needs a tonic after an illness, and the doctor prescribes a Bordeaux glass of wine three times a day. One proves to be enough, as Max drinks a quart glass of wine and proceeds to get into trouble.

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Max Linder
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Cast

Credited cast:
Max Linder ... Max
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Coquet
Lucy d'Orbel Lucy d'Orbel
Maurice Delamare Maurice Delamare
Georges Gorby
Gabrielle Lange
Paulette Lorsy
Jacques Vandenne
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Max is sick and his doctor prescribes a medicine, and the dose is a Bordeaux wineglass full. Upon his return to his home the only glass Max can find is one that holds about a quart, but it's marked "Souvenir of Bordeaux;" consequently he drinks his tonic at one gulp and becomes marvelously inebriated. Wending his rather unsteady way in the street, he has an altercation with Don Brigands, the Albanian ambassador, and they exchange cards, hoping to meet in a duel the next day. He has the same experience with General Snobsky, of the Army, and Mr. Catchem, Commissioner of Police. Being unable to navigate further, Max hangs himself on a lamppost, where he is discovered by a policeman who, finding the Police Commissioner's card, carries him to the latter's address, whence he is promptly thrown out. He falls into the arms of a second policeman, who carries him to the home of the Albanian ambassador, where he meets the same fate. Finally he is carried unceremoniously to General Snobsky's ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 July 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Pathé Frères See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Great early comedy
10 December 2001 | by jorozkoSee all my reviews

Max Linder was not only a master of physical comedy (creating lots of gags later imitated by almost everybody else) but also a great director in the "primitive mode of representation". Almost every scene is done in only one long shot but every bit of the frame is fully utilised with very studied actors' movement and creating different spaces within the frame.

The film mixes very successfully slapstick with farce and even social commentary with hilarious results thanks to Linder's wonderful performance and visual precision.


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