The first movie star
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)