Feuillade: Le pain quotidien

Le pain quotidien
R: Louis Feuillade. D: Henri Duval, Renée Carl, Alice Tissot, Maurice Vinot. P: Gaumont. Fr 1910
Print: EYE
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“This short Gaumont drama offers a startling glimpse of views on women’s emancipation and employment at a time when they were invading the office world as stenographers and typists. The melancholy hero, Lademan, an office clerk, has a sick wife, two children, and bills that he cannot pay. In vain he asks his boss for a pay raise. Instead the boss hires a young woman in his place: she is glad to come cheaper. In a final attempt to get his job back, Lademan overcomes his pride and goes to see Dora Wagner, the stenotypist taking his place, at her home. Upon seeing his shivering and hungry children, she takes pity on him and writes a letter of resignation. The film does not inquire how she will deal with the problem of unemployment.”
Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi
Antti Alanen: Film Diary