An Obstacle Course

Film Review by Dean Duncan Jun 3, 2015

We’re back to Mlle. Alice Guy. This is an actual French course comique, and right from the classic period. So we shouldn’t expect innovation or apotheosis. It’s industrial product, and quite well executed too. One does note a sameness—run, run, run—some incoherence (what’s going on back there in that first, situation-establishing shot?), and some considerable overplaying. Calling Max Linder! Beyond that, there are lots of fine things. The costumes suggest and probably rather reflect a range of social types, and social relations. The camera is very well placed, especially in the change-your-clothes shot. And the overplayers are professionals, spirited and agile and charming. The comic acrobats are especially good.