Dapper Max Linder, the pioneering French silent film comedian affectionately dubbed “The Professor” by Charlie Chaplin, will be taking the spotlight soon. Max’s 1921 feature comedy Seven Years Bad Luck will be screened at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and will be released by Kino-Lorber on video along with three other Linder films as part of The Max Linder Collection. Preservationist and
entertainer Serge Bromberg, the founder of Lobster Films (the company responsible for restoring these films), will be presenting Seven Years Bad Luck at the festival on June 1 at 10:00 a.m. The previous day, on May 31 at noon, Bromberg will screen a host of film treasures, including the recently discovered “lost” version of Buster Keaton’s The Blacksmith, as featured here in my three-part series of posts.
Although born in France, Linder moved to the United States in 1918, and was soon filming across Los Angeles and Hollywood at the same spots favored by his American contemporaries. Below, Max races north up Cahuenga across Hollywood Boulevard.
The intersection of Cahuenga and Hollywood Boulevard, depicted in Max’s movie, upper left, above, has appeared in dozens of films and in several of my prior posts, including this one about Mary Pickford HERE.
Seven Years Bad Luck includes scenes filmed at the Santa Fe Depot, an extremely popular place to film, including the Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy comedy short Berth Marks (1929) (below).
Below, a view of Max at the front of the former Santa Fe depot.
There are many more locations to report, but I’ll close with a connection between Max and the D.W. Griffith 1916 masterpiece Intolerance. Both movies include scenes filmed on Buena Vista Street beside the former L.A. County Jail.
Seven Years Bad Luck restoration (C) 2014 Lobster Films.