The Prodigal Son (1900)
Original title: L'Enfant Prodigue
(Original) L'Enfant Prodigue
CategoriesBased on the Bible Black and White Comedy Drama Father-Son Relationship Forgiveness Modern Adaption Pantomime Parable of the Prodigal Son Short Silent Film Theft ComedyDramaShortBased on the Bible, Black and White, Father-Son Relationship, Forgiveness, Modern Adaption, Pantomime, Parable of the Prodigal Son, Silent Film, Theft
This film, belonging to the PHONO-CINÉMA-THÉÂTRE program was screened during the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900. It is a Pantomime written and filmed by Michel Carré, music by André Wormser whose Phono-Cinema-Theatre presented it in three tableaux.
In a humble kitchen setting, Pierrot, taking advantage of his parents' sleep (seated at a table), steals the secretaire's key containing their savings from his father's pocket. The parents realize this but pretend to continue to sleep. Pierrot leaves the room through the back door window.
This could be a mix-up with the 1907 version, which was apparently 1 hour and 30 minutes long.
|Felecia Mallet||-||Son Pierrot|
|Mr Duquesne||-||Father Pierrot's|
|Marie Magnier||-||Mrs Pierrot|
In this pantomime version of the prodigal son, the prodigal steals from the father in order to visit his love, who refuse him and the gift. The son returns home, the father is angry, but the son begs the father with the mother in the background encouraging him, and then the father forgives him in the end. The message from the biblical story is lost, as that one is about grace and the father's unconditional acceptance of the son when he comes home, so this is a very modern and simplified version. With the pantomime and the expressions it becomes funny too.