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In a Difficult Position (1908)

Mon pantalon est décousu (original title)
It is just a few moments before the ball, and the beau, by his strenuousness in dressing, has torn a huge rent in the seat of his only pair of trousers. Hastily seizing a needle and thread,... See full summary »

Director:

André Heuzé

Writer:

André Heuzé

Star:

Max Linder
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It is just a few moments before the ball, and the beau, by his strenuousness in dressing, has torn a huge rent in the seat of his only pair of trousers. Hastily seizing a needle and thread, he tries to sew them while on his person, and just manages to get a few stitches in; thus depending only on his own ingenuity, he decides to go to the function. He does well by summoning a cab. He reaches his destination all right, and is next seen in the reception room, where he uses a cushion to shield the faulty spot, bowing to right and left, but holding fast to the cushion. Going to the buffet with a lady, he keeps a chair close to the rent, and when an obliging waiter takes this from him he frantically grabs a platter and manages to cover up. But in the ballroom he dances with a handkerchief trailing gracefully behind him; finding this protection meager, however, he appropriates his partner's fan for the purpose. His downfall comes only when the lady asks him to tie her shoe lace. He is ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 March 1908 (USA) See more »

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Pathé Frères See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Considering how simple the plot is, Linder does a lot with it.
5 January 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Max Linder was one of the first famous comedians in the new medium of film. Sadly, today he's practically forgotten--even though his work led to some of the greatest comedians of the day. Chaplin in particular was quick to credit his style with observing the comedies of Linder. Too bad Linder took his own life--just when he was really getting his stride.

This film is a great example of showing how the simplest of plots can be used to still make a rather funny little film. Early in the film, Max is getting ready for a party when his mans split. Oddly, instead of taking them off and sewing them properly, he keeps them on--sewing them quickly and hoping they'll hold. Naturally, despite his best efforts, the pants inevitably split and for the rest of the film, Max does a lot of crazy maneuvering in order to hide his predicament! Clever and sweet.


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