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Sam and Dennis Talk Oscars

This interview was filmed two weeks ago at the Edgewater multiplex and at the Boulevard Diner in North Bergen, New Jersey by Jason Giampietro, who also provided the dazzling embellishments.

 

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by Allan Fish

(France 1913 120m) DVD1

Aka. The Child of Paris

Little Marie-Laure

d/w  Léonce Perret  ph  Georges Specht  art  Robert Jules-Garnier

Suzanne le Bret (Marie-Laure de Valen), Jeanne Marie-Laurent (Madame de Valen), Émile Keppens (Pierre de Valen), Louis Leubas (Edmond la Bachelier), Léonce Perret (Léonce), Maurice Lagrenée (Le Bosco), Marie Dorly (governess), Henri Duval (Jacques de Valen), Marc Gérard (Tiron), Suzanne Privat, Adrien Petit, 

The name of Léonce Perret is not a name you will find in many film histories.  He made around 60 films, most of them now lost, and would continue making them right up to his death in 1935.  He was only 55 when taken from us, an age at which Hitchcock hadn’t yet made Vertigo or Psycho, at which Manoel de Oliveira had barely started.  Yet he had become as obsolete as any French filmmaker. 

            His age was the age of la belle époque, of entente cordiale and of Mistinguett.  L’Enfant de Paris is his most famous film and justifiably seen as his masterpiece, but just take into consideration when it was made.  It was premiered on 17th September 1913; only the first few episodes of Feuillade’s Fantomas had been released, Griffith’s Judith of Bethulia still hadn’t seen the light of a projector, Renoir was in his teens, Pearl White had yet to be tied to the tracks, Gance was barely getting started, Chaplin had only just crossed the Atlantic, Méliès was only just coming to the end of his popularity and, most importantly, Gavrilo Princip was known to-one but his mother.  This was cinematic pre-history. (more…)

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