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Max a un duel

Weitere Titel: Max duelliert sich (D, Ö)/ Max and his duel (UK)/ Max fights a duel (USA) - Regie: (Max Linder; René Leprince) - Szenario: Georges Fagot - Länge: 235m - s/w - 3 UT - Interpret: Max Linder - Produktion: Pathé Frères - Katalog-Nr.: 4614/Okt.11 - UA: 22. September 1911 (Österreich, Auff. in „Bioskop Theater Annenhof“/Graz am 7.10.1911) — Weitere Auff.: 21.10.11 (Magdeburg/ Panorama); 17.11.11 (Lyon/ Pathé Grolée)*

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Max erhält folgendes Briefchen: "Sie sind eine Memme; ich werde Sie nur heiraten, wenn Sie Ihren Mut durch ein Duell bewiesen haben." Wenn nun Mutter Natur jemand nicht mit Eisenmuskeln und großem Mut versehen hat, muß man mit Klugheit und Umsicht handeln. Hierzu hat sich unser Freund Max entschlossen. Sich zu schlagen, ist nicht schwierig, aber zu zweien, darin liegt die Schwierigkeit, und als Herausfordernder passiert es manchmal, auf jemand zu fallen, der eigenartige Begriffe von Ehrenangelegenheiten hat und der die Schwierigkeiten mit Faustschlägen regelt, wenn nicht gar mit Fußstößen. Wenn die Liebe mutig macht, macht das Reizen schlau; Max kämpft sein Duell, er schlägt wie ein Löwe und der Sieg ist auf seiner Seite. Max liegt voller Stolz in den Armen seiner Braut, die das gesenkte Haupt des ruhmreichen Siegers küßt. Aber welch unangenehmer Augenblick, wenn der Fechtlehrer kommt, mitten in all dem Glück, und seine bedeutende Rechnung vorzeigt für Fingerverletzung usw. Welche Schande! Seine List ist entdeckt. Und unter Schimpf und Schande verläßt unser armer Max diese Familie, in die er so bald nicht zurückkehren wird. Aber was tut's! In Paris fehlt es an jungen heiratslustigen Mädchen nicht, und wir werden ihn bald wiedersehen. (Erste Internationale Film-Zeitung, 30.9.1911 - Beilage: Pathé Woche)

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Max Linder is forced by the stern fiancée into an embarrassing situation. She insists upon Max fighting a duel. Max goes home and practises theatrical attitudes in front of a picture. It seems simple enough there, and Max sets forth in search of a likely foe. He thinks he espies one in a man sitting in the park, and Max places himself at his side and tries to screw up his courage to the point of insulting the unconscious individual. A closer inspection of his burly figure gives Max the impression that he is not exactly the person he is seeking, and he moves quickly away. He comes down heavily on a man's toes, spoils another man's drink for him, but though he proffers his card, none of these are anxious to fight a duel with him. Later, he informs his fiancée and her father that he has found an adversary and that a duel has been arranged. The fiancée's father offers himself as one of the seconds. The eventful day arrives and the duel is fought. Max, after spoiling his opponent's hat, succeeds in disabling him and is declared the victor. His fiancée regards him with loving pride and her father congratulates him warmly. Suddenly his adversary comes up and puts a paper into his hand. His fiancée and her father read it curiously! It is the bill from the fencing master with whom he has just fought a duel! His fiancée and her father turn upon him with scorn and indignation, and poor Max seems likely to loose his fiancée after all. (The Bioscope, Sep. 28, 1911)

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Évidemment, il s’agit d’être à la hauteur de sa tâche quand il advient qu’une pâle fiancée, aux yeux de pervenche, vous adresse un poulet ainsi conçu: “Vous n’êtes qu’un capon et un froussard. Pour m’épouser, ayez un duel!” Aussi, si dame Nature ne vous a pas pourvu de muscles d’acier et d’un courage à toute épreuve, il vous faut agir avec prudence et circonspection. C’est à quoi notre ami Max vient de se résoudre. Si l’amour rend audacieux, la frousse rend fin matois. Max tient son duel, il se bat comme un lion; quelles belles passes d’armes! À lui les doubles appels, les parades, les ripostes, c’est le sang, c’est la mort. C’est la victoire! Aussi, quelles mi­nutes d’orgueil Max savoure-t-il entre les bras de sa chère fiancée qui baise alors le noble front nimbé de gloire et de vaillance. Mais, sacrebleu, quelle seconde piteuse lorsque le fâcheux de maîtres d’armes vient, au milieu de ces épanchements, présenter une note formidable pour une piqûre au doigt. Quelle honte, la mèche est éventée! Et c’est sous les huées et les sarcasmes que notre pauvre Max fuit cette famille où il ne reviendra de si tôt. (Henri Bousquet, Catalogue Pathé des années 1896 à 1914, Bures-sur-Yvette, Editions Henri Bousquet, 1994-2004)

 

 

 

* Note: Sortie 'Le Cirque d'Hiver', Paris: le 24. Nov. 1911.

Eine Kopie des Films wird verwahrt in: Archives du Film du CNC (Bois d'Arcy), Cinémathèque Québecoise (Montreal), Cinemateket-Svenska Filminstitutet (Stockholm), Archivo Nacional de la Imagen - SODRE (Montevideo) Ein Ausschnitt des Films ist enthalten in: L'homme au chapeau de soie (Dokumentation, 1983); Le Temps de Max (TV-Dokumentation, 2000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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a) Brief. - b) Max hat endlich den Gegner gefunden, den er braucht. - c) Rechnung. (Zensurkarte Berlin Nr.13631, 20.9.1911)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When the name Max appears on the screen the audience gives a sigh of delight, expecting something good. They will not be disappointed in "Max Fights a Duel," the C. G. P. C. release of October 15th, for the celebrated comedian is at his best in a story of this kind. Calling upon his bride-to-be one day, Max is staggered by her demand that he prove his bravery by fighting a duel. Max starts, rather fearfully, on a quest for an opponent. Of course, he wants one whom he can defeat, as it would not do for him to meet an adversary more accomplished with the foils. His adventures are side-splitting for the persons he meets whom he has reason to believe he can defeat refuses to be insulted. Finally he secures a match and his intended bride and her family are on the ground to witness the encounter. Max easily vanquishes his opponent to the delight of the witnesses and receives a kiss from his fiancee. His popularity is short lived, however, for the defeated contestant insists that Max keep to his contract and pay him the regular rate for a fencing master's lesson. MANUFACTURERS ADVANCE NOTES (Moving Picture World, Oct. 12, 1912)

Max, the celebrated fun maker, is shown in another of his amusing playlets. His fiancee, here she marries him, insists that he prove himself a hero by fighting a duel. Max has difficulty in finding an opponent whom he can defeat and his adventures constitute a comedy which is a scream from start to finish. (Moving Picture News, Oct. 12, 1912; Moving Picture World, Oct. 12, 1912)

Max Linder makes this picture as he has made many another. His acting is widely popular and deservedly so. Because of him, it is a good offering. (Moving Picture World, Oct. 19, 1912)