The first movie star

Provincial Living - - Entertainment -

Strangely, the Lu­mière broth­ers be­lieved it to be an art form “with­out a fu­ture”. But the brand new cin­ema train left the sta­tion with­out them, re­gard­less. The early 1900’s was the golden age of slap­stick and its first in­ter­na­tional star was French co­me­dian Max Lin­der.

Known as “Max”, Lin­der’s comic al­ter ego was a clichéd French­man – a well-dressed, mous­ta­chioed lady’s man who was al­ways get­ting into sticky sit­u­a­tions. He was a ma­jor in­flu­ence on Char­lie Chap­lin, who some­times bor­rowed gags and en­tire plot lines from Lin­der’s films.

Max Lin­der (1883-1925)

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