On the Trail of Cunégonde

On the Trail of Cunégonde 12A

Slapstick 2019

Talk

Please note: This event took place in Jan 2019

Director:
Various
Cast:
Various
Duration:
65 mins, 1912, France
Primary language:
French

Around 1912-1913, the French company Société Lux produced a string of comedies featuring a main character called Cunégonde. The surviving films show the same actress playing the part as either an unruly maid, an annoying spinster or a ferocious wife. The true identity of the actress playing Cunégonde has remained a mystery for decades, until now…

This presentation by Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi, Curator of Amsterdam’s EYE Filmmuseum, includes a screening of the surviving Cunégonde films along with a discussion on what we now know about the actress. Discover this extraordinary story about a mysterious woman who was internationally acclaimed in her time but then lost for more than a century.

With live piano accompaniment from John Sweeney.