Int: André Deed (Cretinetti); Prod.: Itala Film 35mm. L.: 132 m. D.: 8’ a 16 f/s. Bn.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Invited to a Christmas party, Cretinetti goes to his fiancée’s house. He is loaded with many presents, a Christmas tree, a rifle and a wooden horse. In the street he bumps into a postman who is also loaded with gifts. The packets get mixed up and Cretinetti picks up one containing three bottles: ether of fear, ether of mirth and ether of anger. After a difficult climb up the stairs, Cretinetti arrives at the reception: he bumps into the butler and in the fall the ether bottles break. The fumes spread out. Cretinetti mimics a succession of effects of the three products. Then he dances, gets angry and he knocks into the other guests ending up overturning the table. Then, first the father, then the fiancée and then the other women and guests manifest the same symptoms. They all laugh and then fight…The copy is incomplete, as according to some sources, the film ended – as seems obvious – with a shot of Cretinetti climbing out of the ruins to wish the spectators a happy Christmas.

Jean A. Gili

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