Translation of: Max Linder brasileiro, Gazeta de Noticias, 17. Jun. 1913

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Max Linder, Brazilian




   Did you know that Max Linder, amazing king of laughter, is a Brazilian? No? For it is probable that he is, and in this case, may accept our sincere congratulations.

   For he is. And they say that Max Linder, King of Mirth, prince of the white cloth of the cinemas, was born there, close, well along the Equator, in the hot land of Pará. We are thus a very happy people, because one of our brothers, a son of these burning tropics, the scorched Pará, has made the whole world laugh, provided perhaps, the dry British gentleman, the upright secular attitude that does not crumble before the Magna Carta, up to the confused black boy from Africa, half naked with thong, attending the unfolding of a film in the main theatre of Angola, Congo and Bengal.

   Yet is he? We imagine so. Max Linder has, word of honour, everything of a Brazilian, from charcoal of the eyes to gaiety of a smile. Because we have burning eyes and the arch smile. Then, the gentlemen understand, what the hell! Max is a famous jumper and we Brazilians are apes, it is proven that we are apes.

   Proof by lots of people that it is not Argentina ...

   Now these three predicates, warm eyes, gay laughter and high jump are very Brazilian qualities well our own, and that Max is famous for way to help the little jumping, prancing, twisting, swaying, making them laugh.

   The gentlemen accept Max as patrician, for all that glory in this sluggish and abnormal time of deepest sadness that has the face of a Coptic priest! That intense display and intense pride to unfold a laugh on human lips! We could even make herein a long, solid essay on laughter and go search it with sciences and depth in the proper functioning of the spleen, in the firmness of its underlying functions. But we do not want to, we prefer to sing praises of Max, and assert that he is Brazilian, because thereby we'll have most pride in a famous countrymen.

   «And Europe, this time (again) bows before Brazil»... (Gazeta de Noticias, Jun. 17, 1913)