The French had their share of broad, slapstick performers, but they also developed more subtle, character-driven comedies typified by the work of actor-director Leonce Perret. His influence across the Atlantic can be seen in the situational shorts of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew and the nuanced tit-for-tats of the Hal Roach Studio. The style returns to France with René Clair’s brilliant (and final) silent feature Les deux timides.
Piano accompaniment by Ben Model (November 24) and Donald Sosin (November 28). Program Approx. 100 min.
Leonce Flirt. 1913. France. Directed by Leonce Perret
His Wife Knew About It. 1916. USA. Directed by Sidney Drew
What Price Goofy. 1925. USA. Directed by Leo McCarey
Les deux timides (Two Timid Souls). 1928. France. Directed by René Clair