La bous-bous-mie

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La bous-bous-mie

PostMon Jul 04, 2016 4:36 pm

I was just looking at Oh, You Ragtime! on the Eye Institute site on Youtube -- they've added an enormous number of silents in the last couple of weeks, including more John Bunny shorts than I knew had survived.

This movie was an early production of American Eclair, and it was clear they were remaking old films with a more American cast . This one is a remake of Feuillade's 1909 La bous-bous-mie, in which people start playing a tune and everyone around them starts dancing uncontrollably. In the American film, the tune is "Alexander's Ragtime Band", but checking the Feuillade film is listed in the IMDB as a phonoscene. No reference to the music turns up anywhere through Google.

It's clear to me that there was a tune to which everyone in the film danced. Does anyone have any idea? Ron, have many of the French and German records from 1906-1909 shown up among he record collectors who have been so critical to the Vitaphone Project?

Bob
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