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The Living Dead Man (1926)

Feu Mathias Pascal (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 12 February 1926 (France)
Mathias Pascal, only son of a once rich family, marries beautiful Romilde, who has a terrible mother-in-law. She controls her daughter, and soon his home life becomes a nightmare, as well ... See full summary »

Director:

Marcel L'Herbier

Writers:

Marcel L'Herbier (scenario), Luigi Pirandello (play)
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Cast overview:
Ivan Mozzhukhin ... Mathias Pascal (as Ivan Mosjoukine)
Marcelle Pradot ... Romilde Pascal
Lois Moran ... Adrienne Paleari
Marthe Mellot Marthe Mellot ... Maria Pascal, la mère de Mathias (as Marthe Belot)
Pauline Carton ... Scholastique Pascal
Irma Perrot Irma Perrot ... Sylvia Caporale
Mireille Barsac Mireille Barsac ... Veuve Pescatore (as M. Barsac)
Michel Simon ... Jérôme Pomino
Isaure Douvan Isaure Douvan ... Batta Maldagna
Pierre Batcheff ... Scipion Papiano
Georges Térof Georges Térof ... L'amoureux du 12, un joueur
Philippe Hériat ... L'aide assesseur
Jean Hervé ... Chev Terence Papiano
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Mathias Pascal, only son of a once rich family, marries beautiful Romilde, who has a terrible mother-in-law. She controls her daughter, and soon his home life becomes a nightmare, as well as his job as assistant librarian in his home town. His only moments of lights are his mother and his baby, but both die on the same day. Shocked he leaves his hometown and gets to Monte Carlo, where he wins a fortune at the Casino. Returning home, he reads his own obituary in a paper. They have found a corpse in a creek and connected it with his disappearance. Mathias, noticing that he now is free from all ties to his old live, decides to start a new one, and goes to Rome, where he rents a room in a pension full of fake spiritualists who are controlling the owner. The chief of the gang, Terence, wants to marry the owner's daughter Adrienne, and has convinced her father to give her to him, with no regards of Adrienne's feelings, who is in love with and loved by Mathias. When Terence steals Mathias ... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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In the program, Solange Sicard is 4th billed as Olive Mesmi, most likely the character Oliva Salvoni in the novel. It appears that her role must have been cut as there is no such character in the film and her name was removed from the on-screen credits. See more »

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Title Card: ROME. A man without a past arrives in the Eternal City! Unhindered. NAMELESS... _a new man... And with a new heart...
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If you like Paul Auster!

This was the 2nd Marcel L'Herbier movie that I watched. It has some strange and mystical quality that sometimes remind me of #PaulAuster's novels. Amazing adaptation, wonderful plot.


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Country:

France

Language:

None | French

Release Date:

12 February 1926 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Salig Mathias Pascal See more »

Filming Locations:

Monte Carlo, Monaco See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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