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Troubles of a Grass Widower (1908)

Vive la vie de garçon (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 29 February 1908 (USA)
A housewife tires of her husband's annoying behavior and returns to her mother. At first, the husband is quite pleased to have the house all to himself. But he quickly discovers that even ... See full summary »

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Max Linder

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A housewife tires of her husband's annoying behavior and returns to her mother. At first, the husband is quite pleased to have the house all to himself. But he quickly discovers that even the most basic domestic chores can be fraught with difficulty. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

France

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French

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29 February 1908 (USA) See more »

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Troubles of a Grass Widower See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Precursor of modern sitcoms
1 September 2004 | by finch64See all my reviews

This is a hysterically funny film, if somewhat misandrist. Our hero is trying to read his newspaper after dinner. His wife insists that he put down the newspaper and pay attention to her. He ignores her. Finally, she angrily and violently snatches the newspaper out of his hands. Many male victims of domestic violence could readily recognize this scenario, which often escalates into her striking him. But, this is a light comedy. He demands she hand back the paper. She reluctantly does so. She starts crying and fed up with her behaviour he puts his fingers in his ears. This upsets her to the point that she leaves in a huff.

Overjoyed at his male independence, he does a little dance to celebrate it. This is one of the funniest scenes in the movie.

But his joy is short-lived. He attempts to manage the household by himself and ends up turning it into a chaotic mess. In the midst of this his wife returns accompanied by her mother.

The idea that men are helpless without women is the bit of misandry in the film. Many modern television sitcoms revisit this tiresome and bigoted theme over and over again. This alone, to me, makes the feminists' claims that women have overwhelmingly been portrayed in the mass media as the weaker gender completely without substantiation. On the contrary, it is men, who have a long way to go before shedding our stereotyped image of weakness and dependence on females.

Viewing this film, it is easy to see why Max Linder and Charlie Chaplin had mutual admiration for each other's work. Both were absolute comic geniuses.


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