Thursday, October 27, 2016

FILMBAY 2000 Greatest Films of All-Time (1888-2014) by Year # 0083 - PROTEA (Victorin-Hippolyte Jasset, 1913, France, 44m, BW)



 

PROTEA 

(Victorin-Hippolyte Jasset, 1913, France, 44m, BW)




Introduction

Protéa
Language: French
Year: 1913
Duration: 44 minutes
Director: Victorin-Hippolyte Jasset
Stars: Josette Andriot, Lucien Bataille, Charles Krauss


Production

Teddy would correspond to the nickname of the Portuguese actor Eduardo Pinto, very known for a cyclical personage called Polywrist creates, personage who was characterized by his impeccable I brought of squares whites and blacks. Eduardo Pinto was employed at several productions of the director Victorin-Hippolyte Jasset, included the series Protea, being an actor very admired and recognized in Portugal.

Louis Feuillade filmed several scenes of the movie Parisette, in Portugal, and from diverse magazines there was realized the follow-up of productions and French artists. They were sorry about Suzanne Grandais's death, between(among) others. Very probably the actor Eduardo Pinto (Teddy) could enter in touch with some French producer, and of there his periodic actions(performances) would come in French productions, though always together with the director Victorin-Hyppolyte.


Synopsis

The Minister of Foreign Affairs learns that two unfriendly powers are to enter i nto an agreement, and it is necessary that he obtains a copy of the agreement. He decides that only Protea can be trusted to obtain a copy. She accepts the commission on condition that a man is released from prison.






Additional Notes

This is the first 20 minutes of French film director Victorin-Hippolyte Jasset's (1862-1913) lost film, Protéa. Jasset, an early film pioneer in France, was active between the years 1905 and 1913. He worked on many genres of film, but was particularly associated with the development of detective/crime serials, such as the Nick Carter, Zigomar and Protea series.

"Although no print of Protéa (1913) seems to survive, it is clear from the trade press descriptions of its espionage plot aboard the Orient Express on its passage through the Balkans that Jasset was recycling more than a character from the earlier films: Protéa (Andriot) is protected by a lion at one point, for instance, and her partner is a monkey-man named Anguille (Bataille)."


Review

Protéa is the last film directed by Victorin-Hippolyte Jasset, one of the early film pioneers in France. The hero of this film is a female spy, an acrobatic Mata-Hari, played by his favorite actress, Josette Andriot, who wore a characteristic costume of a close-fitting black jersey, two years before Musidora achieved cult status with her similar appearance as Irma Vep. This final masterpiece reflects Jasset's popular style: rhythmic action, fantastic realism, rich visuals, an anarchistic philosophy, a disdain for psychology, and an attention to lighting that earned him the nickname “the Rembrandt of the cinema". Although Jasset died shortly after completion, the film had considerable success and Andriot went on to make four more films in the series with other directors.

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