Le petit-poucet (1909)

aka Tom Thumb
Article 3397 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-21-2010
Posting Date: 12-2-2010
Directed by Segundo de Chomon
Cast unknown
Country: France
What it is: Fairy tale

A small boy and his brothers are lost in the woods, and end up at the home of an ogre who has evil plans for them.

This one isn’t a visual marvel like yesterday’s, but it’s much easier to follow, even if the title cards are in French. The title seems curious, as the little boy who is the hero of the piece is hardly as small as anyone’s thumb here, not even that of the giant ogre’s. The special effects are kept to a minimum; it seems to mostly rely on forced perspective to make the ogre look very big. This isn’t quite as fascinating as some the other movies I’ve seen by Chomon.


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