Brazilian director Mário Peixoto on the origins of his experimental 1931 silent film Limite.


“The idea for Limite came about by chance. I was in Paris, having come over from England where I was studying, and I was passing by a newspaper stand when I saw a magazine with a photograph of a woman on the cover, with arms wrapped round her chest, handcuffed. A man’s arms. And the magazine was called Vu [no. 74, 14 August 1929]… I carried on walking and I could not get this image out of my mind. And right after that, I saw this sea of fire and a woman clinging to the remnants of a sinking ship… At night, in a hotel, I scribbled down the opening scene of the film, without knowing what I was doing.”

Up the Ladder, 1925

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Priscilla Moran asks Forrest Stanley to bring home some candy while talking on the tele-vision-phone in Up the Ladder, 1925

IMDb: “The invention and practical use, as a plot device, of a “tele-vision-phone” in a contemporary, as opposed to futuristic, setting, in a film produced in 1924, and released in 1925, is nothing short of remarkable.”