I am a big fan of silent cinema, but not this type. I have seen most of Rene Clair's silent films, and this is typical of his early work; crude, choppy, over-acted, and tedious. I did enjoy a Hollywood talkie he made, I Married A Witch, but that is also lowbrow fare. Then again, I am not a big fan of comedy in general, so you might want to take that into consideration...I like a few comedies, but not this one.
Overlong but entertaining silent comedy from Rene Clair. The basic premise is a saucy mix of social conventions, possible embarassments and farce. Quite a few humorous sight gags and reoccurring motifs but not enough to sustain a near two hour running time.
It is extraordinarily hard to make comedy that stays funny. Clair has done it in other films, but not here. The characters and situations are too archaic. Clair takes forever setting up each scene and then fails to move beyond the premise; it's all exposition with no finish. You're much better off with his underrated American work, I Married a Witch or even The Ghost Goes West.
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