De Chomón’s Pickpock

Pickpock ne craint pas les entraves
R: Segundo de Chomón. P: Pathé Frères. Fr 1909

“It is curious why he (i.e. Segundo de Chomón) is not generally known as one of the early cinema masters, except among the cognoscenti in the field. Perhaps it is because there is a smaller body of work than that created by Georges Méliès (his works can perhaps be described as a cross between that of Méliès and another who combined trickery with animation, Emile Cohl); perhaps it is because he was a Spaniard working in France for the key part of his film career that has meant that neither side has championed him as much as they might have done. De Chomón carried on as a filmmaker, specialising in trick effects, working for Pathé, Itala and others, and contributing effect work to two of the most notable films of the silent era, Pastrone’s Cabiria (1914) and Abel Gance’s Napoléon (1927).”
Luke McKernan
The Bioscope

>>> Cabiria
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