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Love and Science (1912)

Amour et science (original title)
Max Pledge, a young savant, is trying to perfect his invention which will enable a person to see the other person with whom he is talking over the telephone. He becomes so absorbed in his ... See full summary »

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M.J. Roche (story "Liefde en Westenschap")
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Émile Dehelly Émile Dehelly ... Max Pledge
Renée Sylvaire Renée Sylvaire ... Daisy
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Max Pledge, a young savant, is trying to perfect his invention which will enable a person to see the other person with whom he is talking over the telephone. He becomes so absorbed in his work that he will not see anyone. His sweetheart, Daisy, calls and he tells her he is too busy at the time, but if she will go home he will telephone her and she can see him then as he expects to have the invention ready for the first successful test. Daisy is very much vexed at his inattention and determines to teach him a lesson by way of a practical joke. She asks her chum to join in her prank of dressing the chum up as a man with a mustache, so when Max calls up be shall see his sweetheart apparently kissing another man. Evening comes. Max telephones and his first test is a perfect success. He first sees his Daisy, then he sees the supposed man kiss her. His jealousy and anger is so ungovernable and through the hard work perfecting his invention his mind gives way. He forgets everything, cannot ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 September 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love and Science See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Modern Urban Myths
17 March 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This comedy from 1912 is a science fiction variant on a modern urban myth called "the reluctant bridegroom" in which the bride-to-be is photographed in a compromising situation. In fact, variations go back much earlier and it appears in Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT.

Over all it's a nice effort, with a good set-up and a good sense of fun. There are issues that render it less than excellent: the action runs a lot slower than it has to, the pantomime is a lot broader than needed even for the era and the final fillip, in which the man is driven mad by what he sees as a betrayal and the entire charade needs to be reenacted with a "happy ending" to bring him out of it seems to be a bit of padding. Nonetheless, the acting is sincere, the production values are good for the era and the sf twist is interesting.


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