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  Albert Préjean.
Photograph: La Cinémathèque française, Iconothèque;
courtesy Le Giornate del Cinema Muto.
Un Chapeau de paille d’Italie
Also known as Un cappello di paglia di Firenze in Italy; The Horse Ate the Hat and The Italian Straw Hat in the USA : {An Italian Straw Hat}, {Le chapeau de paille}
(1928) French
B&W : [?] Seven or Eight? reels / [?] 7313 or 7320? feet
Directed by René Clair

Cast: Albert Préjean [Jules Fadinard, the groom], Marise Maia [Hélène Nonancourt, the bride], Yvonneck [E. Nonancourt, the father-in-law], Olga Tschechowa [Anaïs de Beauperthuis], Geymond Vital [Lieutenant Tavernier], Jim Gérald [Beauperthuis], Alex Allin [Félix, the valet], Paul Ollivier [Vésinet, the deaf uncle], Louis Pré fils [Bobin, the cousin with one glove], Alexis Bondireff [the cousin with the loose tie], Alice Tissot [his wife], André Volbert [the mayor], Léon Courtois [the mayor’s secretary], Madamoiselle Chouquette [the hatshop milliner], Valentine Tessier [the hatshop customer], Jane Pierson [a wedding party member], Madame Berline [a wedding party member], Madame Beck [a wedding party member], Madame Christie [a wedding party member], Madame Galtier [a wedding party member], Mrs. Hubert Dais [a wedding party member], Antoine Stacquet [a wedding party member], Max Lerel [a wedding party member], Bruna Costantino [a wedding party member], Litvinoff [a wedding party member]

[?] Films Albatros/Sequana? production. / Produced by Alexandre Kamenka. Scenario by René Clair, from the play Un Chapeau de paille d’Italie by Eugène Labiche and Marc Michel. Production manager, Wladimir Zederbaum. Production design by Lazare Meerson. Costume design by Souplet (Edouard Souplet). Makeup by Joseph Mejinsky. Assistant directors, Georges Lacombe and Lily Jumel. Cinematography by Maurice Desfassiaux and Nicolas Roudakoff. Special effects by Paul Minine and Nicolas Wilcké. / [?] Previewed? 12 July 1927 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, France. [?] Premiered? 12 January 1928 at the Omnia-Pathé in Paris, France. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The production was shot from 21 March through 10 June 1927. The film was released in the USA as The Horse Ate the Hat in September 1931. / Silent film.


Survival status: Prints exist in the Cinémathèque française film archive [35mm positive]; and in private film collections [16mm reduction positives].

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Animals: Horses - Deaf persons - Hats

Listing updated: 30 March 2010.

References: Bardèche-History pp. 11, 234, 246-248, 249, 290b, 327, 329, 331, 332; Bohn-Light pp. xxv, 164, 165, 193; Geduld-Birth p. 39; Kael-Kiss pp. 287, 320; Leish-Cinema pp. 36-37; Limbacher-Feature p. 124; Schuchman-Hollywood pp. 34, 112-113; Shipman-Cinema p. 97; Sinyard-Silent pp. 168, 169 : ClasIm-204 p. C24 : Website-IMDb : with additional information provided by Lenny Borger.

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