Louis Feuillade

F.: Maurice Champreux, Léon Morizet, Fayen; M.: Maurice Champreux; Scgf.: Robert Jules-Garnier; Int.: René Poyen (Pierrot), Bouboule (Pierrette), Amédée Charpentier (il nonno), Julio de Romero, Emile Dupré, Jean-Pierre Stock; Prod.: Gaumont; 35mm. L.: 1500 m. D.: 75’a 18 f/s.

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

Pierrot and Pierrette, brother and sister, live in a caravan with their grandfather, a former circus director. To earn a living, they sing in the streets. Their lives continue happily, until a “charity lady” comes and wants to put their grandfather in a rest home and the children in an orphanage. Pierrot and Pierrette run away, only to find themselves exploited by a traveling salesman. After foiling a daring robbery, the lady companion realizes her mistake, and for the happiness of all, takes both grandfather and grandchildren into her home. “Louis Feuillade was the greatest pioneer of French cinematic art. In Pierrot Pierrette, he has reached maturity, showing his talents at their fullest” (Georges Sadoul). Roberto Tricarri has composed a new score for the film: “To give color to the meanderings of these two rug rats who prefer vagrancy to a proper education, it seemed only natural to me to choose a contemporary barrel organ, which could dig into popular street songs and then take off towards unexpected accents, harmonies, and counterpoints. Then, the spirals of a guitar carved by a disciple of Django Reinhardt added mischief, swing, and lightness”.

Copy From

Les Archives Françaises du Film - CNC held the elements from the original nitrate negative, but one third of the intertitles were missing. They were completed thanks to the collaboration of Jacques Champreux, who holds all rights to Feuillade’s work. Two damaged scenes were reprinted from an earlier copy held at the Cinémathèque Française

Score written by Roberto Tricarri, performed live by: Roberto Tricarri (piano, accordion), Jean Mach (clarinet, bass clarinet, sax, flute, guitar, accordion), Eric Boursy (guitar, “guitarette”, banjo, steel-drums, barrel organ).

In co-production with CinéMusiques. Sound technician: Jean Paul Gimenez. Producer: Lola Georget