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Max veut grandir

Weitere Titel: Max will größer werden (D, Ö)/ Max's Efforts to Grow (UK)/ Max joins the giants (USA) - Regie: Max Linder - Szenario: Max Linder - Länge: 405m - s/w - Interpreten: Max Linder, 7 Bob Pender troupe* - Produktion: Pathé Frères - Katalog-Nr.: 5431/Okt.12 - UA: 4. Oktober 1912 (Österreich, Auff. in „Grand Kinematograf Orient“/Prag am 11.10.1912) — Weitere Auff.: 6.12.12 (Paris/ Omnia Pathé)


A typical continental knock-about film comedy introducing Max Linder. Max is in love with a girl but the young woman is determined to marry only a giant. A large part of the comedy deals with Max's attempts on stilts to become a giant. He tumbles about a lot and succeeds in smashing much china and furniture. (The New York Dramatic Mirror, Feb. 5, 1913)


Max veut grandir, car le cœur et la main de Mlle Giacordy sont à ce prix: elle ne veut épouser qu’un géant! Comment devenir un géant? Max croit avoir résolu la question; grimpé sur des échasses, il risque de premiers pas hésitants et ne réussit qu’à démolir son mobilier. Mais il ne se décourage pas car une intéressante annonce lui apprend que le professeur Monier vient d’inventer une machine pour augmenter instantanément la taille des individus: “Pour grossir”, placer l’aiguille sur le n°1 “Pour grandir”, placer l’aiguille sur le n°2. Malheureusement, par une erreur d’aiguillage, Max obtient le résultat contraire au but poursuivi et devient gros, court et ventru comme un dieu japonais. Enfin, après beaucoup d’échecs, l’électricité, cette universelle panacée, permet à Max de réaliser son rêve et d’obtenir la main de sa bien-aimée. (Henri Bousquet, Catalogue Pathé des années 1896 à 1914, Bures-sur-Yvette, Editions Henri Bousquet, 1994-2004)




* Anmerkung: Max und die '7 Bob Pender Truppe' sind in der gleichen Revue, "Vive Paris!", im Okt. 1910 im Olympia in Paris aufgetreten. Die sieben Personen auf Stelzen, die im Film erscheinen, könnte deshalb sehr wohl die 'Pender Truppe' sein. ― [Note: Max and the '7 Bob Pender troupe' appeared together in the same revue, "Vive Paris!", in Oct. 1910 at the Olympia in Paris. The seven people on stilts, seen in the film, therefore may very well be the 'Pender troupe'.]

Eine Kopie des Films wird verwahrt in: Archives du Film du CNC (Bois d'Arcy), Cinémathèque Française (Paris), Cinémathèque Québecoise (Montreal), Danish Film Institute (Kobenhavn), Pathé Television Archives (Paris) 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's latest love, Barcord's daughter, craves a giant for her future spouse, and declares she will wed no other. Max essays to become one by assuming a pair of stilts. His efforts to walk in them result, however, in the ruining of his apartment and the despoiling of his immaculate attire. The advertisement of a Professor Rotte quickens his flagging hopes. This gentleman has a machine which, if the hand be placed on figure 1 increases the width, if on figure 2 the height. The professor gives a practical demonstration, and Max carries it home. Wishing to demonstrate to the incredulous Barcord his newly acquired ability to increase his inches, he places the machine in position, in his excitement putting the hand on figure 1. Immediately Max is reduced to a grotesquely shortened and much distended figure, and is ignominiously ejected by Barcord. Max is wrapped in gloomy reflections when his friend Service calls. Service comes to his aid by suggesting that, carried on his shoulders and hidden by a long cloak, Max will present the appearance of a giant. Barcord welcomes him warmly this time, but Service, who has an appointment with his fiancée, Betty, hurries Max into the hall, where she is waiting. Service explains matters to the astonished Betty, and Barcord learns how he has been deceived. The two conspirators make a somewhat undignified exit, and Max then seeks Professor Wires, who claims to lengthen people by electricity. Max at last realises his ambition, and when quite 7 ft. in height, he hurries to Barcord's house to claim Betty and the parental blessing. (The Bioscope, Oct. 17th 1912)


Max falls in love with a maiden, who declares she will have nothing to do with him unless he becomes tall. The film illustrates our hero's efforts to attain great height, first stilts are used, next a machine, which makes him fat instead of tall, but in the end he achieves his purpose by means of electrical treatment. (Kinematograph Monthly Film Record, October 1912)


Max Linder is still in pursuit of his ideal girl. This time the adventure is entitled "Max Joins the Giants." It is produced by C. G. P. C. with the customary excellent photography and will be released on January 28th. Max, who has had to contend only with the difficulty of overcoming father's dislike, now finds that the girl of his dreams objects to him because of his small stature. To increase his heighth he tries walking upon stilts, but the experiment proves damaging to his bones and to the furniture in the room in which he practices. And so he discards the stilts and falls to reading a newspaper in which his eye is attracted by the claims of Professor Builder, who has a machine by the use of which people are lengthened or fattened according to their needs or their tastes. Max buys one of the machines, which has a throttle which is to be used one way to increase the heighth and another way for increasing the breadth. The professor moves the handle and Max's heighth doubles. He is pleased, buys the machine and gains admittance to the home of his beloved. To prove that he can grow taller at will he offers to demonstrate the working of the new machine to his prospective father-in-law. This is agreeable, for father is a short man himself. Max, in the excitement moves the handle the wrong way. Father notices that the floor seems to have moved up nearer to him, and enraged, he chases Max around the room, both of them looking very much like dwarfs and the situation is uproariously funny. It will be released on January 28th and our advice is to book it. (Moving Picture World, Feb. 1, 1913)

Our versatile friend, Max Linder, is an objectionable suiter because of his small stature. To remedy this defect of nature he tries walking on stilts and his manouvers are extremely funny. Before he has perfected himself in this difficult art he reads of a new machine which will make people stouter or taller as they prefer. Poor Max presses the wrong key, with a result that is entirely new in motion pictures. (Moving Picture World, Jan. 25, 1913; Moving Picture News, Jan. 25, 1913)

This is not a baseball picture, or one having anything to do with the national game. The “giant” refers to physical stature. Max tries several times to attain the height demanded as a prerequisite for eligibility by the man Max had selected for a father-in-law. Through the aid of a friend he attains about eight feet in height, but unfortunately the deception is discovered and the conspirators are uncovered. It is all very funny. (Moving Picture World, Feb. 8, 1913)