Max Linder, Part One: "Publicity photo of Max Linder"

A first-generation filmmaker, the debonair Max Linder quickly stood out from his anarchic and roughhouse contemporaries. His persona of a dandified, everyman-about-town and his refined, naturalistic approach to physical comedy made him the first international movie star. This program follows Linder’s development from his beginnings in France to his later career in the US, and includes a direct imitation of Linder’s work directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Mack Sennett.

Piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin with electronics and theremin by John Davis. Program Approx. 90 min.

Le pendu. 1906. France. Directed by Louis J. Gasnier

Les debuts d’un patiner (Max Learns to Skate). 1907. France. Directed by Louis J. Gasnier

The Curtain Pole. 1909. USA. Directed by D.W. Griffith

Max et son chien Dick (Max and His Dog Dick). 1912. France. Directed by Rene Leprince, Max Linder

Le petit café. 1919. France. Directed by Raymond Bernard

L’amour tenace (Love Unconquerable). 1912. France. Directed by Max Linder

Max in a Taxi. 1917. USA. Directed by Max Linder

  1. Saturday, December 1,
    1:30 p.m.

    Not screening Le petit café tonight
    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Friday, November 23,
    4:30 p.m.

    Not screening Love Unconquerable and Max in a Taxi tonight
    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
This film accompanies Silent Comedy International.