PEINE DU TALION, LA (Louis Feuillade, 1916, France, BW)
Directed by: Louis Feuillade
Production company : Société des Établissements L. Gaumont
Format: Muted - Black and White - 1.33: 1 - 35 mm
Footage: 972 m
Genre: Short film
Country of origin: France
Release date :
France : December 1916
Cast (in credits order)
Marcel Lévesque ... Narcisse
Yvette Andréyor ... Mme Ferblantier
Musidora ... Rosa Larose
Georges Flateau ... Ferblantier
This is no longer only about retaliation. The poet has troubles of many kinds. The two young men mentioned in the inscription are his sons or at least those of Allius, his boss.
Jeanne Roques (23 February 1889 – 11 December 1957), better known by her stage name Musidora, was a French actress, film director and writer. She is best known for her acting in silent films, and rose to public attention for roles in the Louis Feuillade serials Les Vampires as Irma Vep and in Judex as Marie Verdier. Her vamp persona has been compared with that of Theda Bara.
Born Jeanne Roques in Paris, France and raised by a feminist mother and socialist father, Musidora began her career in the arts at an early age, writing her first novel at the age of fifteen and acting on the stage with the likes of Colette, one of her lifelong friends. During the very early years of French cinema Musidora began a professional collaboration with the highly successful French film director Louis Feuillade. But her first movie was Les miseres de l'aiguille, directed by Raphael Clamour in January 1914. The film show the problems of the urban women in French working-class, and presents a new representation of the female even by the working-class movement in the early 20th century in France.
Adopting the moniker of Musidora (Greek for "gift of the muses"), after the heroine in Théophile Gautier's novel Fortunio, and affecting a unique vamp persona that would be popularized in the United States of America by actress Theda Bara at about the same time, Musidora soon found a foothold in the nascent medium of moving pictures. With her heavily kohled dark eyes, somewhat sinister make-up, pale skin and exotic wardrobes, Musidora quickly became a highly popular and instantly recognizable presence of European cinema.
Beginning in 1915, Musidora began appearing in the hugely successful Feuillade-directed serial Les Vampires as Irma Vep (an anagram of "vampire"), a cabaret singer, opposite Édouard Mathé as crusading journalist Philippe Guerande. Contrary to the title, Les Vampires was not actually about vampires, but about a criminal gang-cum-secret society inspired by the exploits of the real-life Bonnot Gang. Vep, besides playing a leading role in the Vampires' crimes, also spends two episodes under the hypnotic control of Moreno, a rival criminal who makes her his lover and induces her to assassinate the Grand Vampire.
The somewhat surreal series was an immediate success with French cinema-goers and ran in 10 installments until 1916. After the Les Vampires serial, Musidora starred as Diana Monti in Judex, another popular Feuillade serial filmed in 1916 but delayed for release until 1917 because of the outbreak of World War I. Though not intended to be avant-garde, Les Vampires and Judex have been lauded by critics as the birth of avant-garde cinema and cited by filmmakers as Fritz Lang and Luis Buñuel as being extremely influential in their desires to become directors.
As well as acting, Musidora became a film producer and director under the tutelage of her mentor, Louis Feuillade. Between the late 1910s and early 1920s, she directed ten films, all of which are lost with the exception of two: 1922's Soleil et Ombre and 1924's La Terre des Taureaux, both of which were filmed in Spain. In Italy, she produced and directed La Flamme Cachee based on the work of her friend Colette. At a time when many women in the film industry were relegated to acting, Musidora achieved a degree of success as a producer and director.
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