So far, we have watched Feuillade's Vendémiaire (1918), and four of his shorts, from 1908 to 1918. One of the shorts featured actress Musidora as a character reading the book Vampires that the short itself launched into the best seller list and shortly afterwards resulted in Musidora playing femme fatale Irma Vep in seven of the ten blockbuster movies Les Vampires. Goes to show movie-book cross-promos and long series of sequels are old, old business. Another short, Bout de Zan vole un éléphant (1913), featured the endearing, irrepressible child character Bout de Zan's zany town adventures with an actual elephant. All of these silent films were presented in La Rochelle as they would have been a century ago: with live music performances, suited to each film.
We also watched Mackendrick's Sweet Smell of Success (1957), with Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, and Susan Harrison.