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Défense d’afficher
Also known as Post No Bills in the USA
(1896) French
B&W : Short film
Directed by Georges Méliès

Cast: [?] ? [the first posterman], [?] ? [the second posterman], [?] ? [the sentry], [?] ? [his commander].

Théâtre Robert-Houdin production. / Produced by Georges Méliès. / [?] 35mm spherical format? / Frazer reel number 15. The film was recovered in 2004.


Synopsis: A marching sentry is guarding a wall that is painted “Défense d’afficher” (Post No Bills). A posterman sneaks to the wall and pastes up his advertising bill. A second posterman comes along and glues his poster over the previous ad. The two rival postermen tussle over the affront, then slip away undetected by the sentry. The sentry’s commander arrives and is irate about the posters applied to the wall, rebukes the sentry, then leads him away.

Survival status: Print exists.

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Listing updated: 5 February 2010.

References: Film viewing : Frazer-Méliès p. 241.

Home video: DVD.

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