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Max victime de la main qui étreint

Weitere Titel: Max in der Schweiz (CH)/ Max and the clutching hand (UK)/ Max wins and loses (USA) - Regie: (Max Linder) - Szenario: Max Linder - Länge: 355m - s/w - Interpreten: Max Linder; Muriel Cowan - Produktion: Pathé Frères - Katalog-Nr.: 7729/Okt.16 - Dreharbeiten: Lausanne, Ouchy 'l'Hôtel Beau-Rivage' (Schweiz) - Sondervorführung: 10.1.1917 («Trade show») - Auff.: 17. November 1916 (Rotterdam/ Tivoli Bioscope) Weitere Auff.: 26.1.17 (Paris/ Ciné Max Linder)

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Delightful Max Linder reissue [sic.]* Max and his fiancée enjoy winter sports in the Alps, ski-ing, skating, snowballing, mountaineering. Max imagines he is a great crime detector; bets his prospective father-in-law he will catch a master criminal known as "Clutching Hand." He has some fine chances of doing this, but muddles them all until he finally discovers the "Clutching Hand" is his sweetheart playing a series of hoaxes on him. (The Bioscope, Jan. 4, 1917)

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Max victime de la main qui étreint avive nos regrets du si proche départ du lâcheur. Et ceci, je le dis dans les deux sens: dans le sens péjoratif d'abord, parce qu'il semble que Max en bourrant de cocasseries les vides d'un scenario un peu simplet, cherche déjà à d'acclimater au genre américain; dans le sens aimable, ensuite, car sa bande est vraiment drôle, grâce aux dites cocasseries, dont la plupart constituent des prouesses sportives qui valent bien, comme casse-gueule, les plus risquées des acrobaties Charlotesques. Seulement Max, en plus, est comédien. Voilà! La photo, à cause de la neige (ne riez pas! si vous ne comprends), est un peu noire. Ca n'enlève rien à la valeur du film qui plaira fort au public. Bien. 355 mètres. (Hebdo Film, 30.9.1916)

 

 

Anmerkung: Der Film ist eine Parodie/ Hommage auf das Pathé-Serial "Les Mystères de New York". Der erste von 22 Teilen hatte den Titel "La main qui étreint" und war am 3. Dez. 1915 in Frankreich angelaufen. In Anspielung an die Hauptfigur der Serie wurde der Linder Film am 10. März 1917 mit den Worten “Max Linder wird eifersüchtig auf Justin Carel” in der Anzeige für das Berner “Zentral-Kino” angekündigt. Obwohl ursprünglich für den 20.10.16 avisiert, kam der Film erst gut drei Monate später in Frankreich ins Kino. Selbst für die Zeitgenossen war es nicht einfach, neue Filme von Wiederaufführungen zu unterscheiden. Während dieser Film sicherlich kein «reissue», wie BIO schreibt, ist, wurden andererseits (zumindest in Großbritanien) einige Wiederaufführungen, mit geändertem Titel, von Pathé als neue Filme ausgegeben: «Messrs. Pathé's manager states that none of the above [Max, maître d'hôtel; Max joue le drame; etc.] are re-issues, but were filmed under the clever comedian's personal superintendence during the time he was on leave from active service in France during the war.(BIO, 21.6.17)» ― [Note: The film is a parody/ homage on the Pathé serial "Les Mystères de New York." The first of 22 parts had the title "La main qui étreint" and was released in France on Dec. 3, 1915. In reference to the main character of the series, the Linder film, when released in "Zentral-Kino" in Bern on Mar. 10, 1917, is advertised with the slogan "Max Linder gets jealous of Justin Carel". Although initially scheduled for release in France on Oct. 20th 1916, it only reached the cinemas about three months later. Apparently even Linder’s contemporaries found it difficult to distinguish between new, and re-released films. Whereas this film certainly isn’t a re-release, as "The Bioscope" claimed, there were other cases, in which older films, having been given new titles, were sold as new ones: «Messrs. Pathé's manager states that none of the above [e.g.: Max, maître d'hôtel; Max joue le drame; etc.] are re-issues, but were filmed under the clever comedian's personal superintendence during the time he was on leave from active service in France during the war. (BIO, Jun. 21, 1917)»]

Eine Kopie des Films wird verwahrt in: UCLA Film and Television Archive [English title and intertitles; si., b&w with b&w (tinted) sequences; 1 reel of 1 (ca. 1000 ft.): 35 mm. nitrate print.; Incomplete, end of film missing, but story appears to be nearly complete. Shrunken; deep scratches in image. Reserved for preservation, no use. ADDITIONAL PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Tinted sequences are amber and blue. LOCATION: F104-R19-23] (Los Angeles) Ein Ausschnitt des Films ist enthalten in: L'homme au chapeau de soie (Dokumentation, 1983)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PATHE ANNOUNCES NEW MAX LINDER COMEDY. Pathe will issue on April 29 a one-reel Max Linder comedy never before released - “Max Wins and Loses.” It is a laughable burlesque on the famous “Exploits of Elaine” serial, and shows the famous comedian at his best. (Moving Picture World, April 21, 1917)

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MAX WINS AND LOSES (Pathe), April 29. - A one-reel Max Linder comedy, the picture is amusing but its chief merit is the beauty of the winter scenes taken in Switzerland. It will please wherever shown. (Moving Picture World, April 28, 1917)

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... et, dans le domaine comique, Max victime de la Main qui étreint (355 mètres), Pathé Frères, nous fait voir Max Linder se livrant aux sports d'hiver sur les immenses nappes neigeuses des cimes alpestres. Il flirte un peu aussi avec la ravissante Muriel Cowan qu'il épouse. Que nos souhaits accompagnent le charmante artiste qui va prochainement, le 7 octobre, s'embarquer pour l'Amérique où l'appelle un superbe contrat à la Essanay. (Le Film, 30.9.1916)