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Le domestique hypnotiseur

Weitere Titel: Der Diener als Hypnotiseur (D, Ö)/ The Servant Hypnotist (UK, USA) - Regie: Lucien Nonguet - Länge: 140m - s/w - Interpret: Max Linder {der Hausherr} - Produktion: Pathé Frères - Katalog-Nr.: 1802/Juli 07 - UA: 6. Juli 1907 (Paris/ Théâtre Montparnasse)

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The other subject issued by Pathé's this week is also well above the average of comic subjects and has an equally novel plot. A note is sent to a young man by the parents of the girl with whom he is in love, making an appointment for the signing of the "marriage contract." The note throws the young gentleman, who is seated in his bedroom when he receives it, into an ecstasy of delight and he dances out of the room in highest spirits. His servant picks up and reads the note and is the reverse of delighted at the prospect of having a mistress introduced to the house and his misgivings are shared by a housemaid to whom he shows the note. On the return of his master he hypnotizes him, and, while he is in the trance, changes places with him, he giving his master the duster and making him do the work while he sits in the armchair. When the young man has cleaned everything thoroughly, he brings him round. Later, the young man is seated at dinner with the servant in attendance, when the latter again throws him into a trance and again changes places, eating the meal while the master waits. The climax comes when the marriage contract is to be signed, for under the command of the servant, who is hidden behind the piano, and is, of course, desirous of breaking off the match, the young man behaves like a maniac, jumping on the furniture and upsetting chairs and tables in such a way that he has to be carried home. The acting throughout the scenes is of the cleverest and the ludicrous incidents are very numerous. (Kinematograph and Lantern Weekly, Jul. 25, 1907)

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La vie est douce lorsqu’on sert un homme qui ignore le prix des denrées et la quantité de beurre nécessaire à la confection d’une omelette. Et l’intrusion d’une maîtresse dans un honnête ménage de domestiques ne laisse pas que d’inquiéter ceux-ci. Baptiste ayant donc consulté Zoé, la femme de chambre, n’hésite pas, après de mûres réflexions et la lecture suggestive de réclames améri­caines proclamant la vertu de certaines passes magné­tiques, à exercer sur son jeune maître ces étranges et prometteuses pratiques. Le succès fut rapide et complet et sous l’influence du médium, le jeune homme, subitement médusé, remplit les fonctions de Baptiste, époussette, frotte les parquets, sert le déjeuner en parfait valet. Enfin, le jour du contrat arrive! Le fiancé jubilant de joie attend sa douce fiancée. Mais au moment de signer l’acte, un délire aussi subit qu’inexplicable s’empare de lui: la fiancée se pâme, l’assistance se retire stupéfaite et indignée… mais si la noce ratait ce soir-là au premier étage, une autre avait lieu au sixième entre Baptiste et Zoé. Cette scène pleine d’entrain et d’une irrésistible gaieté est jouée très spirituellement par M. Linder, dont nos clients ont déjà apprécié le talent dans Les débuts d’un aéronaute, Ah! Quel malheur d’avoir un gendre, etc. (Henri Bousquet, Catalogue Pathé des années 1896 à 1914, Bures-sur-Yvette, Editions Henri Bousquet, 1994-2004)

 

 

 

Anmerkung/Note: Ad. in "Le Rideau artistique et littéraire", 1907 (A10,N505) - Dieser Film wird häufig mit dem drei Jahre späteren Max hypnotisé verwechselt [siehe z. B.: Richard Abels 'The Ciné goes to town' (1994), p242ff, wo Le domestique hypnotiseur (1907) als Max hypnotisé (1910) besprochen wird.] - This film is often confused with the three years later Max hypnotisé [See: Richard Abel's 'The Ciné goes to town' (1994), p242ff, where Le domestique hypnotiseur (1907) was reviewed as Max hypnotisé (1910).]

Eine Kopie des Films wird verwahrt in: Library of Congress (Washington), bfi/National Film and Television Archive [under title "Max hypnotise"] (London)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is the story of a butler who has a hypnotic influence over his master. This master is a young man who receives a note from his prospective father-in-law inviting him to call and sign the marriage contract. The butler comes into possession of the note and decides to have some fun. While he is cleaning the room the young man is seated in a chair reading and smoking. The butler hypnotizes him and they change places, with the result that the young man does all the work around the room, and before he comes out of the hypnotic state he is back in the chair reading again, not knowing that he has done some strenuous labour. At dinner the butler manages to eat his master's meal, while the latter, in a hypnotic trance, waits on him. The final scene shows the young man, attired in his finest, at the home of his prospective father-in-law. The guests and notaries are gathered, and in their presence the bride-to-be signs the contract. The young man takes up his pen and is just about to put his signature to it when the butler appears and throws him into a spell, with the result that instead of signing the paper he begins to rage around the room, smashing furniture, jumping on the piano with his feet, pulling down pictures and routing all the guests, until the butler places his finger in front of his master's nose and the young man follows it out of the room. (Pathé films [Supplement 1], 1908)