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