Max and the Pets

Max en convalescence
R: Max Linder. B: Max Linder. D: Max Linder, Jean Leuvielle, Marcelle Leuvielle. P: Pathé Frères. Fr 1911

“The story of this film is particularly interesting, because our old friend Max has recently undergone a very serious operation, and this is his first reappearance. He plays this little sketch with a view of assuring his friends that he has entirely recovered, and he is ably assisted by his sister and father and mother. In the picture Max arrives at his home town, is met at the station by his sister, who accompanies him home, where he meets his father and mother and all the pets of the household. The story is built around these pets and is a corking good comedy.”
Moving Picture World synopsis

Max et son chien Dick
R: René Leprince, Max Linder. B: Max Linder. D: Max Linder, Jane Renouardt, Henri Bosc. P: Pathé Frères. Fr 1912
German subtitles

Max n’aime pas les chats
R: Max Linder. D: Max Linder, Lucy d’Orbel, Georges Gorby. P: Pathé Frères. Fr 1913
German subtitles

“Amazingly, some of these films were made in as little as one day – even Mack Sennett rarely matched that record for speed. Max was a talented and subtl a director as he was an actor. It’s impossible to believe how haphazard filming was, but he later claimed, “I told my story to the actors, I acted it out, I explained it – we rehearsed it once, and then we shot.” More thought must have gone into the films, for his camera angles, sets and lighting were far superior to anything being done in America at the same time. In an amazing three hundred sixty films (…) he wrote the emerging language of silent comedy. (…) He worked particularly well with animals, as in Max et son chien Dick (Max and His Dog, 1912),  in which the pup unmasks his mistress’s affairs.”
Eve Golden: Golden Images: 41 Essays on Silent Film Stars. North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. 2000, p. 75-76

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