Friday, July 08, 2005

Une extraordinaire aventure de Boireau

FR 1914. PC: Pathé Frères. D: André Deed. Starring André Deed (Boireau). B. 6522. 272 m /16 fps/ 15'. Good AFF print. ♪ Donald Sosin. Friday 8 July 2005, Cinéma Lumière 1, Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna. Jean A. Gili: in some of Deed's 1914 films the comedy becomes subtler. Petr Kràl: Deed's buffoonery reveals the subversive potential of the burlesque. Joined by their backs following an accident, a rich socialite and a tramp reveal the relativity of their status by dragging each other in their respective environments. Back-to-back with his double, the tramp empties without hesitation the trays at a reception. Finally separated with a saw the characters move away from the camera showing the picture of their vertebral column, roughly outlined with chalk on their jackets. – On a building site accident, a boulder crushes two men (a rich man and a tramp) together, and they become "Siamese twins". Together they enter a fine reception and descend into the gutter.

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