Marcel Perez Comedy Shorts Program

Silent with live musical accompaniment by Ben Model; introduction by film historian Steve Massa

Marcel Perez is perhaps the best silent film comedian no one's ever heard of. Part of the first generation of screen clowns, his career began in 1900 and flourished until 1928. During that time he helped create the ground rules for the genre in Europe and continued to advance the art form in America. An international favorite, Perez was, along with Max Linder, one of the few direct links between European and American silent comedy, and made more than 200 starring shorts. The obscurity that he's fallen into today is due to the scarcity of his surviving work, complicated by a peripatetic career which included multiple name changes (Robinet, Tweedy, Marcel Fabre, Fernandea Perez, etc.). This program consists of new HD transfers of surviving Perez works, in most cases sourced from their sole surviving print, from the collections of the Library of Congress and the EYE Filmmuseum (Netherlands). Total program approx. 90 min, DCP.

ROBINET'S WHITE SUIT (1911)
ROBINET IS LOVED TOO MUCH BY HIS WIFE (1912)
ROBINET IS JEALOUS (1914)
A BUSY NIGHT (1916)
SWEET DADDY (1921)

No passes accepted.

90 Minutes
Silent comedy

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