- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
- Video: Tinted
- Released: September 23, 2003
- Originally Released: 1921
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.0 - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Description by OLDIES.com:
In Hollywood, Max Linder wrote, produced, and directed and starred in Seven Years Bad Luck
, seen on this DVD complete for the first time since its 1921 released and digitally mastered from an original 35mm tinted print. The hilarious misadventures begin when Max's butler, chasing a maid, breaks an expensive full-length mirror. The butler persuades the cook, who somewhat resembles Max, to stand behind the frame and be Max's reflection. This gag, developed by Max, has become a classic of film and even television-borrowed by everyone from the Marx Brothers to Abbott and Costello to Red Skelton. In another brilliant sequence, Max flees from the police into a lion's cage, where he proceeds to make friends with the hungry beast. It's the clear inspiration for Charlie Chaplin's very similar scene in The Circus
. Seven Years Bad Luck
is accompanied by a new small-orchestra score compiled by Robert Israel using authentic period arrangements of silent film music.
This DVD also includes four of Max's early short sketches made in France: Troubles Of a Grasswidower, Love's Surprises, Max Takes a Picture and Max Sets The Style. All are digitally mastered from excellent film elements-one of them a hand-colored vintage print-and three are accompanied by Robert Israel at the Fotoplayer, a combination organ/player-piano/sound-effects instrument developed for nickelodeons when these films were new.
An excerpt from Be My Wife, Max's second American feature, is another pleasure, and finally, a bonus sequence of "candid" footage showing Max (in costume for Seven Years Bad Luck) clowning around with Maurice Tourneur, another transplanted Frenchman and a premier director of the era.
Max Linder was a huge influence on a whole generation of comedians, his slapstick approach to comedy heavily rubbing off on everyone from the Marx brothers, to Abbott and Costello. This release features Max's 1921 film SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK, available for the first time on DVD. Hilarity ensues when Max's butler smashes a mirror, leading to his cook attempting to impersonate Max in the broken frame in an attempt to cover-up the unfortunate accident.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Pioneering comedy legend Max Linder wrote, produced, directed and starred in Seven Years Bad Luck, now on DVD complete for the first time since its 1921 release! Hilarious misadventures begin when Max' butler, chasing a maid, breaks an expensive full-length mirror. The butler persuades the cook, who somewhat resembles Max, to stand behind the frame and be Max's reflection. This gag, developed by Max, has become a classic of film and even television borrowed by everyone from the Marx Brothers to Abbott and Costello to Red Skeleton.