The dapper Max is excited to sneak shots of a Rubenesque beauty, because he's bored, with nothing else to photograph on the deserted French beach. But she pays him off, not to even peak at ...
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Max Linder's behavior when he applied for a job as a Pathé Frères moving picture actor, was such a good joke on him that it was decided to make a film of the event, and accordingly. Max was... See full summary »
Max, on his way to his wedding, loses his shoes and after trailing along in his stocking feet for several blocks finally buys a pair of brogans from a workman and arrives with his feet ... See full summary »
Max Linder is spending a holiday at the seaside, and reaches his hotel at the same time as a charming unknown. Their respective rooms adjoin. They put their footgear outside their doors at ... See full summary »
The dapper Max is excited to sneak shots of a Rubenesque beauty, because he's bored, with nothing else to photograph on the deserted French beach. But she pays him off, not to even peak at her in her bathing suit. As she's attempting to get ashore, she desperately tries to avoid his snapping away. Swimming back out, she disappears under the ocean, driving Max frantic with guilt.Written by
This is, contentually, a waste of time. It's just not funny.
It is, however, interesting. It gives us viewers a look at a different culture, another time, another place.
It is worth seeing, for those reasons, and because Max Linder was in it.
Linder is another of those now-overlooked motion picture geniuses, of whom motion picture history is just filled. (Look at, for example, the end of Edwin Porter. He finished his life working in a factory, ignored by the industry he did so much to create.)
"Picture" does not really have a story. It is a vignette, and a rather pointless one.
But the elegant Linder set a tone and a style that American cinema ignored, replacing it with the Little Tramp and Fatty Arbuckle.
To know and to appreciate film history and film heritage, you really ought to see this movie.
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