louis feuillade

louis feuillade

La fee des greves-1909-Louis Feuillade-An early French fairy-tale silent film- Modern script

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“La fee de greves” (aka “The Fairy and the Surf”) , 1909, is a French silent film directed by Louis Feuillade, produced by Gaumont. A man takes his two friends out onto the water because he claims you can see fairies dancing. The men go out there, see the fairies and actually manage to capture one. Back home the man soon begins to fall in love with her. The man asks the fairy to marry him and they do so--though something strange occurs right after the ceremony… Louis Feuillade 19 February 1873 – 25 February 1925) was a prolific and prominent French film director from the silent era. Between 1906 and 1924 he directed over 630 films. He is primarily known for the serials Fantômas, Les Vampires and Judex. At the beginning of 1905, he started to submit screenplays to Gaumont, and Gaumont's artistic director Alice Guy-Blaché both bought his scripts and invited Feuillade to direct them himself. Concerned about his financial difficulties and family to support, Feuillade declined the directing job in order to continue working as a journalist. At his suggestion Guy-Blaché hired Étienne Arnaud to direct Feuillade's early screenplays at Gaumont. But by 1906 he had gained enough confidence to start directing his own scripts, which were mostly comedies. In 1907 Guy-Blaché moved to the United States and upon her suggestion Feuillade was made Artistic Director of Gaumont. He would work for Gaumont until 1918, while at the same time producing his own films, so that by 1925, the year of his death, he estimated that he had made around 800 films. (At the time he started in cinema, a film rarely lasted more than ten minutes). He made films of all types: trick films at the beginning, modeled on those of the great Méliès, comedies, bourgeois dramas, historical or biblical dramas, mysteries and exotic adventures … But he showed his genius most clearly in his unforgettable serial films. See also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZrwrLb40b0 (C'est le printemps - It's Spring). Ressources: Wikipedia.org, imdb.com New soundtrack and dubbing: Cinema History Channel Music: Kevin Mac Leod (incompetch.com) licensed under Creative Commons licence: Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0). http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/