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A trousers tug o’ war. Note the director’s cheeky staging. Image: Silent London
Conventional wisdom tells us the world was a simpler place before the popularity of cars, computers and celebrity culture.
We’re not so sure about this, now that we’ve seen the 1927 silent French comedy The Italian Straw Hat (Un Chapeau de paille d’Italie). This film, adapted from a popular and frequently-produced French play, is set in 1895 and takes place during the course of a single, complicated day.
It’s a truly funny film that makes you fall in love with the characters while it pokes fun at society’s conventions.
The Plot: As a young groom-to-be (Albert Préjean) drives his horse and buggy to his wedding, he encounters an unexpected snag in a thickly-treed lane. While he tends to the problem, his horse wanders ahead and starts eating a woman’s straw hat that has been left on a bush.
Unhappily for everyone, the hat…
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