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Le frotteur (1907)

An extremely clumsy man tries to clean a woman's house with disastrous results.
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An extremely clumsy man tries to clean a woman's house with disastrous results.

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10 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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The Cleaning Man See more »

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Who's the Boss?
14 July 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

The maid announces the cleaning man and the master leaves the study. The man proceeds to clean the place with such energy that the furniture is all smashed, the floor is covered with suds so slippery that everyone who enters falls down and the people eating in the apartment a floor below must flee because plaster from the ceiling pelts them.

It's a typical Gaumont half-reel farce for the year and the only point of interest is to wonder which of two possible directors is responsible: Alice Guy or Louis Feuillade? There are several items on the recent Gaumont sets in which the shorts are attributed to one, while the IMDB attributes them to t'other. I'll take a whack at the controversy, split the difference and opine that Madame Guy was probably operating as what we would call a producer today, and Feuillade was the guy looking over the cameraman's shoulder and giving the orders when Madame wasn't there to overrule him.


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