Max Takes Tonics 1911

max takes tonics

Max victime du quinquina (original title)

Max needs a tonic after an illness, and the doctor prescribes a Bordeaux glass of wine three times a day. One proves to be enough, as Max drinks a quart glass of wine and proceeds to get into trouble.
Director: Max Linder
Writer: Maurice Delamare
Stars: Max Linder, Georges Coquet, Lucy d’Orbel

Children of the Age 1915

children ofthe age

Also known as Deti veka

This film tells the story of Maria (Vera Kholodnaya), a devoted wife of a bank employee. The couple has a cozy life; they have a baby but he is cared for by their maid so Maria can spend her time doing terrific things like going shopping. During one of these consumer afternoons Maria meets by chance an old friend, Lidia, who will introduce her to exclusive idle social circles. Soon Maria’s beauty attracts the interest of Lebedev, a rich old libertine. From that point on Maria suffers continual sexual harassment (worthy of inclusion of any silent film encyclopedia article on beleaguered heroines) which she resists for a time. In the end however she falls into his bourgeois claws….letterboxd

Director: Yevgeni Bauer
Writer: M. Mikhailov (scenario)
Stars: Arseniy Bibikov, V. Glinskaya, Ivan Gorskij, Vera Kholodnaya

Othello 1922

Othello 1922

Based on Shakespeare’s play: The treacherous Iago plans to ruin the life of Othello by provoking him to jealousy.
Director: Dimitri Buchowetzki
Writers: Dimitri Buchowetzki, Carl Hagen
Stars: Emil Jannings, Werner Krauss, Ica von Lenkeffy

Twenty-Four Dollar Island 1927


In 1626, Dutch traders bought Manhattan for $28 of beads and gift product. Within 30 years, there were 1,000 residents, and 300 years later, there were 8 million. This film celebrates the muscle, size, and majesty of Manhattan, starting at the river’s edge where a huge-jawed steam shovel dredges. It’s on to an ocean liner, then to a hole in the ground where men swing pickaxes, sledgehammers, and shovels. The camera then slowly examines a stately building by the shore. Behind and beside it is the city.
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Robert J. Flaherty


Max and his Mother-in-law (Max et sa belle-mere), 1914

Max and his mother in Law

Pathe comedy by Max Linder, “the Motion Picture’s first truly international Star” (Jack Spears, 1965), who wrote, directed and starred in this film, alongside Paquerette as “mother-in-law”.

“A young man, newly married, has great difficulty in getting rid of his mother-in-law, she even going so far as to accompany them on their honeymoon. They go to the Swiss Mountain resort. The things that that poor mother-in-law is made to do are legion, and all of them funny, including a session on the ice, a catastrophe on the coasting hill, and an extremely exciting and ludicrous performance on skis. She is so battered up by this latter performance that she is forced to receive medical attention, and the lovers are at last able to have some time to themselves.” (The New York Dramatic Mirror, August 4, 1915)

Note: The date in the opening title is wrong. Apparently this print was released before film historians found out that there are two different films with the same title. For more information you can go to my website:

Directors: Max Linder, Lucien Nonguet
Writer: Max Linder
Stars: Max Linder, Léon Belières, Charles de Rochefort




A Straightforward Boy 1929


A straightforward boy

A kidnapped boy proves to be more than his abductor can handle.
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Writers: O. Henry (story “The Ransom of Red Chief”), Tadao Ikeda |
Stars: Tatsuo Saitô, Tomio Aoki, Takeshi Sakamoto




Stage Struck 1925

stage struck

IMDB 8.1

Daydreaming waitress Jennie Hagen (Gloria Swanson) fantasizes about becoming a famous actress, while in reality she and her cook boyfriend, Orme Wilson (Lawrence Gray), hope to one day own their own diner. Although Orme loves Jennie, he also has a weakness for stage stars — so when a riverboat thea… More
Initial release: November 16, 1925
Director: Allan Dwan
Screenplay: Forrest Halsey
Story by: Frank R. Adams
Producers: Allan Dwan, Adolph Zukor, Jesse L. Lasky

Stars: Gloria Swanson, Lawrence Gray, Gertrude Astor