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The Prodigal Son (1900)

Original title: L'Enfant Prodigue
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Facts
Director Michel Carré
Country France
Language French
Titles
(Original) L'Enfant Prodigue
Production
Distribution
Categories
Based on the Bible Black and White Comedy Drama Father-Son Relationship Forgiveness Modern Adaption Pantomime Parable of the Prodigal Son Short Silent Film Theft
Descriptions

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.

3 Tableaux
The Flight (Le Vol)
Pierrot at Phyrynettes (Pierrot chez Phyrynette)
The Return (Le Retour)
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Cast
Felecia Mallet - Son Pierrot
Mr Duquesne - Father Pierrot's
Marie Magnier - Mrs Pierrot
Crew
Clément Maurice - Producer
Michel Carré - Director
Michel Carré - Writer
Marguerite Vrignault - Production Design (Art Decoration)
Clément Maurice - Cinematography
Paul Decauville - Producer
Reviews
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Barely the biblical story

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.