As the title of this movie implies, “The Very Extraordinary Adventures of Saturnin Farandoul”, 1913, is an extraordinarily astonishing not to mention the surprising silent Italian film.
It has nothing in common with the well-known and highly reputed Italian film productions of the early years, that is to say, melodramas or costume epic films. The film is based on a novel written by Albert Robida. It was directed by Marcel Fernández Pérez.
The film tells the adventures of Saturnino Farandola, the only surviving of a shipwreck when he was a baby (his father and mother saving him at the cost of their lives). He arrives to a strange island inhabited exclusively by monkeys. Those animals raise him for years but when they see that as time goes by the infant does not have a tail, they decide to ignore him. Humiliated, Saturnino leaves the island in a raft and is rescued by a boat. There he will learn to speak and to behave properly, becoming an officer. The boat will be attacked by pirates and then Saturnino will live one strange adventure after another (his fiancée will be eaten by a whale, he will have to search for a white elephant, he will join the North America Forces or he will experience air balloon battle, etc …) Along the way he will visit many countries (Oceania, Siam, Amerika) and finally to return to the place of his origins, the monkey island.
Thanks to the imagination and inventiveness displayed on the screen, An incessant show of the most bizarre adventures and situations that are filmed with a static camera but no reason to film the lack of rhythm because of its narrative vitality. Remarkable are the balloon battle and the miracle, in which Fabre displays his ingenious and imagination at his best. Wonderful and fantastic images are included in an excellent film that deserves to be known and enjoyed by silent film connoisseurs.
Marcel Perez, born Marcel Fernández Peréz (January 29, 1884 – February 8, 1929), was an internationally celebrated Spanish-born creator and star of over 200 silent comedy short subjects. Marcel Fabre, Michel Fabre, Fernandez Perez, Manuel Fernández Pérez, Robinet, Tweedy, Tweedledum, and Twede-Dan.
Born in Madrid, Perez began his professional career as a circus clown in Paris. His film career began with comedy films of the production company Pathé Frères and Éclair. In 1910 Arturo Ambrosio signed him for his production company, Ambrosio Films. Perez directed several comedies while working for the production company.
He had directed and acted in the sci-fi film The Extraordinary Adventures of Saturnino Farandola, a series of 18 episodes released on the eve of the first World War and based on a science fiction novel by Robida. He had played the character of Saturnino Farandola in the film which explored the idea of a voyage around the world. Perez had directed and played the character of Robinet in over 150 films produced by Ambrosio films and was thus popularly called Robinet in Italy. He had directed the 1914 melodrama film Amor Pedestre (translation Pedestrian Love – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbYWHgXzxO4) , which did not show any of the lead actors or actress except their feet.
During the First World War, Perez left Italy and went to the United States. In America, he was popularly called Tweedle-Dum, Twede-Dan and Tweedy, but among his earliest American movies were a series of four Bungles comedies: Bungles ‘Rainy Day, Bungles Enforces the Law, Bungles’ Elopement and Bungles Lands a Job. The Bungles shorts co-starred Oliver Hardy and were produced by Jacksonville’s Vim Comedy Company. Perez began his decade-long collaborative with William A. By early 1924, Perez had reportedly been earning $ 400 weekly as a Jimmy Aubrey gagman. He was married to the actress Dorothy Earle.
… Marcel Perez Saturnino Farandola (as Marcel Fabre)
Nilde Baracchi … Mysora
Writers: Albert Robida (novel), Guido Volante
Directors: Marcel Perez (as Marcel Fabre), Luigi Maggi (uncredited)
Cinematography by Ottavio De Matteis
Art Direction. Enrico Lupi
Production Co: Società Anonima Ambrosio
Produced by Arturo Ambrosio … Producer
Length 2,087 m (France) – 3,