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Un tic nerveux contagieux

Weitere Titel: Ansteckendes Nervenzucken (D)/ A Nervous Twitching is Catching (UK)/ Contagious nervous twitching (USA) - Länge: 125m - s/w - Interpret: Max Linder {junger Mann} - Produktion: Pathé Frères - Katalog-Nr.: 2253/Juni 08 - Auff.: 10. Juli 1908 (Rio de Janeiro/ Cinematographo Pathe) — Weitere Auff.: 19.9.08 (Beuthen/ Grand-Kinematograph)

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A young fellow, who is afflicted with a nervous disorder, gets fits of twitching, which is contagious to all within sight, for it passes from one to another. We see him take his medicine and start out, and as he goes down the stairs his knees give an awful twirl and immediately the old janitor does the same. Going down the street he gets it while passing a man on a wheel and the rider sprawls all over the street. He is going by a new building, where the architect is taking notes, and he is seized with another convulsion. Immediately the busy man gets it and it passes along to a hodcarrier going up the ladder who falls in a heap, upsetting the mortar all over the architect. He goes along still further and meets a wedding party, and is seized with the twitching which every one in the party gets, and when he joins them at the breakfast they are all glad to see him leave, for he breaks up the fathering with his twitching. He is passing through the park when he gives it to a statue, and immediately it bends in the knees also. A man and woman are seated on the dock when he comes along, and when they are seized with the twitching the woman plunges headlong into the water. Finally he meets a policeman, and when he sees the condition of the young man he starts to take him home. A citizen lends a hand also, and as they are going along the street they are all twitching like the invalid. Finally they arrive at his home, and the doctor gives them all a good dose of medicine which settles their nerves. (Moving Picture World, July 18, 1908)

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Un jeune homme est agité d’un tic inconscient qui a la singulière particularité de se communiquer à tous ceux qu’il approche. C’est ainsi que nous voyons de paisibles promeneurs, un peloton de soldats à l’exercice, une noce etc.… secoués de frissons prolongés et comiques comme s’ils subissaient de soudaines et irrésistibles décharges électriques. (Henri Bousquet, Catalogue Pathé des années 1896 à 1914, Bures-sur-Yvette, Editions Henri Bousquet, 1994-2004)

 

 

 

Anmerkung: "Cacoete contagioso (representado pelo popular comico Max Linder) - Singular e incomprehensivel molestia contorcionista que ataca todas as pessoas situadas sob o perimetro do doente. Extraordinario successó comico!" (Gazeta de Noticias, 10.7.1908) [Note: "Contagious tic (represented by the popular comic Max Linder) - Unique and incomprehensible illness of twitching, attacking all people located in the perimeter of the patient. Extraordinary comical success!" (Gazeta de Noticias, Jul. 10, 1908)]

Eine Kopie des Films wird verwahrt von: Lobster Films (Paris)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weitere Filmbeschreibungen/Kritiken:

 

A young man is afflicted with a nervous twitching which everybody coming near him must catch immediately. There can be no exception and peaceful passers-by, soldiers, the guests at a wedding, must all catch the affliction, which gives them the air of people having come in contact with an electric battery.

 

Another amusing film on novel lines is A Nervous Twitching is Catching. A young man is afflicted with a nervous twitching which everybody who comes near him catches. Passers-by, soldiers, the guests at a wedding are all afflicted, their jerky movements suggesting that they have received a powerful electric shock. (Kinematograph and Lantern Weekly, May 28, 1908)

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This film appears frivolous in describing it, yet it is productive of much laughter on account of the excellent acting. A young man is afflicted with a nervous twitching that proves to be contagious. Wherever he goes his sudden fits of twitching and squirming force everybody else to do likewise. The episodes that follow are lively and novel. (The New York Dramatic Mirror, Jul. 25, 1908)