Saturday, October 10, 2015

Lily et Teddy aux bains de mer (1917)

Lily et Teddy aux bains de mer (1917). Photo: Nasjonalbiblioteket, Mo i Rana, Norway
Lily et Teddy aux bains de mer (1917). Photo: Nasjonalbiblioteket, Mo i Rana, Norway
Lilly og Teddy / Lilly og Teddy paa sommerferie / (La vacanza estiva di Lilly e Teddy).  (Pathé – FR 1917) D:  ?; DCP, 5'57", col. (pochoir); titles: NOR. Print: Nasjonalbiblioteket, Mo i Rana.
    Le Giornate del Cinema Muto (GCM), Pordenone.
    Viewed at Teatro Verdi, with e-subtitles in English and Italian, grand piano: Donald Sosin, 10 Oct 2015

Tina Anckarman (GCM catalog and website): "This Pathé production, depicting the activities of two toddlers at the beach, with the Norwegian title Lilly og Teddy – Et paradis paa Jorden – uten slangen! (Lily and Teddy – A paradise on earth – without the snake!), truly seems to be a gift from paradise to an archivist! Both the title card and the end card of the nitrate are intact, and the still-vibrant stencil-colours are exquisite. We know it was screened in Norwegian cinemas; it has a censorship stamp, and the newspaper ads in the Oslo area, which called it Lilly og Teddy paa sommerferie (Lilly and Teddy on Summer Vacation), tell us that it was shown as part of a children’s programme. The programme lasted approximately an hour, and contained 6 different titles with themes appropriate for kids, including comedies, shots of gardens, etc. The programme was accompanied by a full orchestra, the Kapelmester Flagstads Orkester, at the theatre Kinematografen Bøndernes Hus. Agnès Bertola at the Gaumont Pathé Archives confirmed the title in 2015."

AA: Two little children in their earthly paradise having fun at the beach, discovering the elementary joys of the water and the sand.

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