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La fuite de gaz

Weitere Titel: Die defekte Gasleitung (D, Ö)/ An escape of gas (UK, USA) - Regie: Max Linder - Szenario: Max Linder - Länge: 220m - s/w - Interpreten: Max Linder; Frédéric Muffat; Léontine Massart - Produktion: Pathé Frères - Katalog-Nr.: 5278/Aug.12 - UA: 12. Juli 1912 (Österreich) — Weitere Auff.: 27.7.12 (Barcelona/ Iris Park); 10.8.12 (Berlin/ Kammer-Licht-Spiele); 13.9.12 (Paris/ Omnia Pathé)


Wenn auch Max Linder uns als Darsteller nichts neues bietet, da er seine Kunst auf dem beschränkten Gebiet des Schwerenöters zeigt, so scheint seine Phantasie als Filmschriftsteller doch unerschöpflich. Seine jüngste Schöpfung nennt er: Die defekte Gasleitung (Pathé), der ich den Untertitel: Ja, die verfl... Liebe geben möchte. Max vergafft sich eines Tages in eine holde Schöne, hat jedoch keine Gelegenheit, sich ihr zu nähern. Der Zufall kommt ihm aber zu Hilfe. Denn in "ihrer" Wohnung riecht es nach Gas. Den Arbeiter, der die Leitung reparieren soll, überredet Max gegen ein angemessenes Trinkgeld, ihm seine Garderobe zu leihen, und in dieser Maskierung kommt er in die Wohnung seiner Angebeteten. Er richtet nun hier allerhand Unfug an, macht z.B. dem leeren Stuhl seiner Heißgeliebten eine feurige Erklärung, schließlich beschädigt er die Wasserleitung und verwandelt so das Zimmer in eine Badewanne. Dann wird Max Linder an die frische Luft gesetzt, nach dem Gasgeruch eine Wohltat. Während die Disposition mir etwas schwerfällig erscheint, folgt dann Witz auf Witz und das Publikum kam aus dem Lachen nicht heraus. Einen groben Regiefehler hat Linder aber begangen, der mich bei diesem Routinier doppelt peinlich berührt. Er spielt zu Anfang seinen Flaneur im Ueberrock und steht plötzlich, ohne daß ein Szenenwechsel stattfand (Ort und Handlung bleiben die gleiche), im Coutaway da. Solch ein faux pas darf Linder nicht unterlaufen. Paul Réno. (Erste Internationale Film-Zeitung, 24.8.1912)


Max Linder is quite an inimitable comedian. His insouciance, his gay, graceful light-heartedness, and his really droll mannerisms render him quite irresistible. One never grows tired of his irresponsible charm, because it is a purely personal charm quite unconnected with action or circumstances. He also knows how to be funny without being vulgar - an accomplishment as rare as it is desirable. He is, in short, an ideal picture player, a cosmopolitan comedian who appeals with equal force to the Englishman, the German, or the heathen Chinee. "An Escape of Gas" is as funny a piece of fooling as one could wish for. It is really funny. It does not rely on physical misfortunes, or bodily defects, or unnatural grotesquerie, for its humour, but simply on the funny side of real life. Max Linder is never extravagant; he is the most human comedian one knows. And it is because of his natural humanity, probably, that he is always so immediate and so universal a success. [The Pick of the Programmes, What we think of them] (The Bioscope, Jul. 11, 1912)


Max, en passant dans la rue, a été frappé du coup de foudre. Celle qui a déterminé ce phénomène électrique, rentre chez elle, insouciante, en fermant la porte au nez de sa victime. C’est en vain que Max essaye de pénétrer chez elle. Il lui faut recourir à un stratagème, en se présentant comme ouvrier gazier pour réparer une fuite. Comment Max s’acquitte de sa tâche, comment il parvient à faire fuir le mari dans une chambre voisine, pour tomber à genoux devant l’objet de sa flamme, comment une conduite d’eau, crevée maladroitement par le pseudo gazier vient inonder le dernier tableau, c’est ce que nous voyons dans ce film inénarrable. (Henri Bousquet, Catalogue Pathé des années 1896 à 1914, Bures-sur-Yvette, Editions Henri Bousquet, 1994-2004)




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Da fehlt vor allem Freund Max nicht, welcher, um einer auf der Strasse erspähten Schönen nachzuspüren, sich in der Maske eines Arbeiters an Die defekte Gasleitung heranmacht. Leider ist die holde Dame verheiratet und beweist samt ihrem Gatten recht wenig Verständnis für eine Liebe, die in ihrem Heim die gräulichsten Verwüstungen anrichtet. (Der Kinematograph Nr.292, 31.7.1912)


Beatrice is walking home when she is met by Max. He hurries after her till she reaches her home, and gets his fingers jammed in the gate. Beatrice detects the smell of gas; she informs her husband, and the maid is dispatched for the gas-fitter. The latter is accosted by Max, who sees an opportunity of gaining an entrance to the house. He changes clothes with the gas-fitter. Max diligently searches for the escape, and plants his steps on the toe of Beatrice's husband. Many comical situations take place, and Beatrice and her husband eventually retire to a more safe retreat. Max continues to bang away with a hammer at the wall; in the end he bursts a water pipe and the room is flooded. After several vain attempts to stem the leakage with cushions and chairs, he puts his fist into the hole. In the midst of all this confusion Beatrice and her husband reappear, and the latter places his fist over the hole. This leaves the way free for Max to make love to Beatrice. In his endeavours to keep Max from Beatrice, the husband has to leave the hole in the water pipe, and consequently the three get a thorough drenching. (The Bioscope, July 25th 1912)


Max is smitten with the charms of Beatrice whom he follows home. There an escape of gas is discovered and a plumber sent for. Max takes the man's place and a series of catastrophes occur which end in the bursting of a water pipe. Max gets the husband to stop the flow of water with his hand while he makes love to Beatrice. The husband cannot stand this and lets go the pipe. As a result all three are drenched. (Kinematograph Monthly Film Record, August 1912)


Max Linder, the popular comedian, appears in another uproariously funny C.G.P.C. skit, entitled "An Escape of Gas." The film will be released on December 6th. Aimee Rosette, a beautiful young woman, promenading with her father, strikes the fancy of the heart-free Max. He follows the couple, but his efforts to speak to the girl meet with a cold reception. They enter their home and Max lingers at the door. While he is arranging a plan of campaign, a gasman enters the scene with a ladder and a kit of tools. He has been sent to repair a gas leak in the Rosette apartments. For a consideration the gasman exchanges positions with Max. Max has some difficulty carrying the ladder up stairs, but he manages. Once in the house he lays siege to the girl's heart. Her father insists that he do his work, and in a quandary Max starts operations by tapping the wall rather heavily. His hammer connects once too often with the water pipe and a fine stream issues forth. Covering the break with a tapestry cushion Max calls for help. The adored young lady enters the room. Max, rushing to declare his love, leaves the leak unguarded and before he can get back both he and Aimee are drenched. As Mr. Rosette enters very angry the stream gets beyond control until he, too, is water-soaked. He goes to Max's assistance to help him prevent a further shower and Max leaves the job entirely to him while he proposes to the girl. Every time the father makes an attempt to attack Max the water calls him back to his duty and keeps him there until Max and the girl have agreed that they are in love with each other. The film affords many opportunities for a good comedian and, of course, the part is well taken care of when Max plays the lead. It will be released on December 6th. (Moving Picture World, Dec. 7, 1912)


When a maid makes a hit with Max nothing can keep him from telling her of his love. The versatile comedian intercepts a gasman who is going to repair a leak at the home of Max's sweetheart and takes his place. Fortunately, Max mistakes the waterpipe for the gas pipe, and in the deluge that follows, the objections of the girl and her father are drowned. (Moving Picture News, Nov. 30, 1912; Moving Picture World, Dec. 7, 1912)


A Max Linder farce that is uproariously funny. It is quite Continental, and wasn't made for church socials, but it is not very vulgar, and it most certainly is a laugh maker. (Moving Picture World, Dec. 21, 1912)