PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.
The Napoleon extra as played Hal Landon Jr., refers to the life of Albert Dieudonné (1889-1976). Long after playing the eponymous hero of Abel Gance's 1927 silent Napoleon (1927), Dieudonné made a living from public lectures as Napoleon himself.
Look what's become of you... You've been stupid! You've been proud!
George Valentin: Get back here, you loser!
When Valintin destroys his film prints he opens can after can of film and takes out reels of film. The reels have rolled edges and are the type manufactured by Goldberg Bros. or Tayloreel Co. in the late 1940's at the earliest. In the thirties film reels did not have rolled edges and a projectionist could burn or cut his hand if he tried to stop a rapidly spinning reel. Most reels were of a spoked design having 4, 5 or 6 "arms" or spokes. A few reels were manufactured with circular holes but they usually had 6, not 5 holes. Further, the film cans he empties are "raw stock" cans, designed to hold film "off reel". The additional thickness of the metal reel would not allow the lid of the can to close making that type of can useless for mounted prints. Films on reels would always be kept in fireproof rectangular metal shipping cases. However, the public recognizes film "cans" better than shipping cases, which is probably why they used them in this scene.
In the credits for the baseball movie, "Jackie Cooler" plays "The Fridge."
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€60,286 (Belgium) (16 October 2011)
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