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Max est charitable

Weitere Titel: Max als Wohltäter (D)/ A Fool and His Money (UK) - Regie: Max Linder - Szenario: Georges Fagot - Länge: 245m - s/w - Interpret: Max Linder - Produktion: Pathé Frères - Katalog-Nr.: 5932/Juni 13 - UA: 29. März 1913 (Luxemburg/ Marzen's Cinéma Parisiana) — Weitere Auff.: 5.4.13 (Berlin/ Passage Theater); 18.4.13 (Paris/ Pathé Palace)

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Max develops the bump of benevolence, and distributes his wealth, until he is informed that his account is overdrawn. He is in despair, and as he ponders a note arrives inviting him to a dance, where all the guests are to be dressed as Apaches. On the night of the ball he pretends to forget the regulation costume. He telephones for the police, saying that his house is attacked by desperadoes, and while the guests are being conveyed to prison Max robs the safe. He successfully escapes detection, and next morning is again able to visit his beggar friends. (The Bioscope, Apr. 17, 1913)

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Max, entouré d’enfants leur jette des pièces de monnaie. Plus tard, il sauve un pêcheur tombé à l’eau et lui donne ses habits. Il ne garde que sa chemise et un journal qu’il met autour de lui en bandoulière par-dessus son caleçon. Dans cet accoutrement, il rencontre le riche banquier Williams! Peu après, le dit banquier l’invite à un bal costumé “en apache.” Max vient en frac à la soirée. Il détonne au milieu des “pierreuses”, des “voyous” ou des “apaches”. Max a une idée après avoir aperçu le coffre-fort du banquier dans son bureau. Il téléphone au commissariat, déclarant qu’on le vole. Mais c’est lui qui s’emplit les poches. Il s’affuble d’une fausse barbe et d’une perruque et ainsi, ressemble au banquier. Il donne l’ordre au domestique d’aller se coucher. Les agents arrivent et font prisonniers tous les invités. Le dernier tableau montre Max à la porte d’une église qui distribue royalement le produit de son vol. Puis, il descend majestueusement les marches de l’escalier, salué profondément par tous les miséreux. (Henri Bousquet, Catalogue Pathé des années 1896 à 1914, Bures-sur-Yvette, Editions Henri Bousquet, 1994-2004)

 

 

 

Anmerkung: Eine Aufführung des Film in Wien (Österreich/Ungarn) wurde verboten (Oesterreichischer Komet, 15.3.1913) ― [Note: The film was banned in Vienna, Austia/Hungary (Oesterreichischer Komet, March 15th 1913).]

Eine Kopie des Films wird verwahrt in: Archives du Film du CNC (Bois d'Arcy), Cinémathèque Française (Paris), Archiva Nationala de Filme (Bucuresti) 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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Max develops exaggerated bumps of benevolence. He stops a crowd of children on their way to school, and, mounting on a tub, he distributes his surplus wealth. On his way home he sees a crowd of beggars outside a church. Max cannot resist their appeals for charity. Having already come to an end of his money, he now gives away boat and hat, and even boots. A little farther on he sees a fisherman caught by a fish. He saves the unfortunate, and seeing that the man's clothes are drenched with water, he gives him as many of his own as he can possibly spare. It happens that Max meets his banker. He tries to borrow this gentleman's coat, but the business man refuses to be generous, and informs poor Max that his account at the bank is overdrawn. Our hero is now in despair. How can he gain more money? As he ponders, a note arrives inviting him to attend a dance. Each guest is requested to come dressed as an apache. Max has an idea. On the day of the ball he pretends to forget the regulation regarding costume. All the other guests are in apache garb. Stealing into another room, he rings up the police. "Quick, my house is attacked by desperadoes." While his host and friends are being conducted to prison. Max disguises himself as the banker and proceeds to rob the safe. Hearing a sound, he rushes to the ballroom, and twisting a rope round his hands, pretends he has been attacked. The merry revellers soon reveal their true identity to the police. They return home to find Max almost purple in the face with his sufferings. The next morning Max takes his morning walk. Armed with a fresh supply of banknotes, he again visits his beggar friends. Released April 26th. Length 797 feet. (The Cinema, Apr. 2, 1913)