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Le récit du colonel (1907)

Not Rated | | Short | 1907 (France)
Legendary French director Louis Feuillade does what he does best in THE COLONEL'S ACCOUNT. What begins as the simple telling of a story erupts into chaos as the tale becomes reality. One ... See full summary »

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Alice Tissot Alice Tissot
Maurice Vinot Maurice Vinot
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Legendary French director Louis Feuillade does what he does best in THE COLONEL'S ACCOUNT. What begins as the simple telling of a story erupts into chaos as the tale becomes reality. One thing leads to another. If war is hell then all hell breaks loose!

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Remember...this is 1907.
3 April 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This short film consists of a crazy old colonel being asked to entertain party guests about his exploits of daring. However, being a totally insane old coot, he runs amok acting out his war-time heroics--smashing and throwing everything in the room!

When someone today watches films from the late 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, they may not realize just how far films have come--and assume the old film is terrible. But what is important to know is the context. Films as we know them today just didn't exist--and I am not just talking about the sound or color. The plots, scripts, characterizations, etc. were all pretty much unimportant in these earliest films. In many cases, the director just yelled out suggestions for improvisations and that was THE script through the 1910s. So, when "Le Récit du Colonel" seems like a rather silly and insignificant one-joke film, compared to the average film of the day, it was darn funny and well-constructed. Really. Given the context, it was a successful film and is mildly watchable today--if you are a fan of these very early films. Otherwise, you may not get much out of this one.


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