Prometheus... Banker (1921)

  |  Short, Drama

Prometheus... Banker (1921) Poster

From a Futurist play the director had staged, this update of Greek tragedy features a modern banker chained to his desk as punishment for having stolen gold.


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18 February 2020 | boblipton
| Money Can't Buy Me Love
Gabriel Signoret is a top speculator on the Paris Exchange, about to pull off his biggest coup. If it works, he promises to take his mistress, Eve Francis - who always wears her feathered tiara so we know she's a showgirl - on a trip around the world. She doesn't love him, however, but the clerk in his office.

It's a short by Marcel L'Herbier, which presages his better remember L'ARGENT, his late-silent masterpiece on the rapacious rich. Exceedingly simple in its workings, this short winds up looking like he was thinking about the latter movie for some time.

L'Herbier had been directing features for two years when he wrote and produced this short subject. He would continue directing into the 1950s. His greatest contribution to cinema was probably the founding of IDHEC, an institute to train film makers in all aspects of production. He died in 1979, aged 91.

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Short | Drama



None, French

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Theatre Colisee, Paris, France

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