Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
The early 20th-century film comedian Max Linder is the subject of this inspiring and touching documentary by his daughter Maud Linder. She put together 42 clips from a total of 80 films, each restored with careful and discreet tinting, an excellent sampling of her father's repertoire. Linder wrote, directed, and starred in over 500 films between 1905 and 1925, basing his comic character of a trouble-prone dandy in part on his own personality. In one of the Linder scenes, he is an actor who tries to carry through with a tragic scene, all the while fighting to keep his wig on straight. This documentary is a good complement to Maud Linder's earlier In Company of Max Linder, focusing on three American movies the French comedian made in the 1920s.