Rosalie et Léontine vont au théâtre

France 1911, silent, 5' | Director Roméo Bosetti | Cast Sarah Duhamel | Production Pathé | Contact bfi - British Film Institute

Plump Jane (Sarah Duhamel) and cheeky Betty (anonymous) go to the theatre and behave badly – to the disapproval of other audience members. Two respectable citizens, bald-headed, are sitting beneath them in the stalls, and the two girls start to make fun. They stroke the men's bald patches with relish, slap them or wring out wet handkerchiefs over their heads. Until a police officer comes and ends their visit to the theatre.

SARAH DUHAMEL's biographical details are unknown, but we have evidence of screen appearances from 1909 to 1922. She started as a child performer on stage in Rouen and Paris (at the Odéon and Antoine's Théâtre Libre) and she was the sister of actress and singer Bianca Dunhamel, a celebrity in the 1890s. Sarah Duhamel first appeared in film as a clown of wide girth for Gaumont and later joined Pathé Comica where she created, with Roméo Bosetti as director, the successful Rosalie series, with at least 32 films, from 1911 to 1912.

Léontine - The name and biographical details of this French actress, who was active in film from 1910 to 1916, are not known. Her main character of Léontine, a naughty child in a chequered dress, was the star of a series of over 20 titles made at Pathé Comica from 1910 to 1912. As such, she was called »Lottchen« in Germany and »Betty« in English-speaking countries. The director was often Roméo Bosetti or Louis Rollini. Léontine's career obviously flourished for she went on to appear in Lagourdette Gentleman Cambrioleur (Louis Feuillade, 1916) as Marcel Lévesque's comical cook figure.

Roméo Bosetti, Romeo Bosetti
Short Film, Silent Film
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