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The Dwarf (1912)

Le nain (original title)
A manuscript is mysteriously delivered to a playhouse where it is eventually turned into a major hit with critics calling it a masterpiece. The only problem is that no one knows who wrote ... See full summary »

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Louis Feuillade

Writer:

Louis Feuillade
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Cast overview:
Delphin Delphin ... Paul Dancourt
Renée Carl ... La mère
Suzanne Grandais ... L'actrice Lina Béryl
Marthe Vinot Marthe Vinot
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A manuscript is mysteriously delivered to a playhouse where it is eventually turned into a major hit with critics calling it a masterpiece. The only problem is that no one knows who wrote it. The actress of the play receives a call from the author and the two quickly becomes friends but the man won't give any details about himself because he has a secret.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 September 1912 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dwarf See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Strange But Very Well Done
5 March 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Dwarf, The (1917)

*** (out of 4)

The term melodrama was certainly made for a movie like this but it's still an interesting little gem. A manuscript is mysteriously delivered to a playhouse where it is eventually turned into a major hit with critics calling it a masterpiece. The only problem is that no one knows who wrote it. The actress of the play receives a call from the author and the two quickly becomes friends but the man won't give any details about himself because he doesn't want her to know that he's actually a dwarf. This leads up to the woman getting his address and stopping by to pay a visit. This is one of the most bizarre shorts I've seen and I must admit that I'm still not certain what director Feuillade was going for. I won't ruin the ending but I can't help but think it was a little over-the-top but it's hard to go into detail without spoiling it. I'm not sure if the directors was trying to say anything or if he thought this was just the right way to end the film but either way it's certainly strange. I thought the story was rather unique and Feuillade tells it in such a way that you can't help but get caught up in it. I thought the two leads did a pretty good job with the characters. Another plus was the pacing which had the film going by pretty quickly and without any slow moments. There's not much visual style as once again Feuillade tells everything with mostly medium shots and not too much editing.


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