Léonce Perret

Op.: Georges Specht. Cast: Léonce Perret (Léonce),Suzanne Grandais (Suzanne). Prod.: Gaumont. Série Léonce 35mm. L.: 312 m. D.: 13’ a 18 f/s. Col.

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

Suzanne has an appointment with Léonce, but before going out she receives the following telegram: «L. Terrep, director for Gaumont studios, sends his most respectful regards to the owners of villa ‘Le Rêve’ and humbly asks your permission to shoot a scene from his film in your magnificent garden». Suzanne receives the director and actors, who turn her bedroom into a dressing room, and then goes out. Léonce, who knows nothing of the invasion of his villa, finally returns home. […] Oh dear! His blood boils! In his bedroom – what a terrible discovery – a pair of suspenders is hanging from a corner of the screen, as if nothing were the matter. «That’s it!», screams Léonce, waving his fists in the air. «That’s it! She’s been unfaithful to me!» […] Right then, Suzanne arrives, innocent and smiling: she definitely doesn’t seem to suspect that Léonce has been awaiting her for two hours. […] Léonce shakes the revealing suspenders in her face, already imagining strangling her with them. […] Suzanne tells him how ridiculously he’s behaving, and through a crack in the half-open door, she slips a note in over his ear. Léonce reads it. He’s astounded, so much so that the film artist who had forgotten his suspenders returns for them… Thus Suzanne and Léonce make peace, and since they are linked by a close cinematographic collaboration, when the director has gone, they write to him «We would like to propose an idea to you for a script which, while perhaps not original, has the advantage of being a real experience. Imagine that one of your artists forgets his suspenders at the home of…»

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Print restored in 2002 by Gaumont and the Cinémathèque Française in collaboration with CNC and Ministère de la Culture, from a safety dupe. The restoration has consisted in recreating the intertitles thanks to the original script preserved at Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal