The Man In The Silk Hat
July 3, 2012 12:26 PM Subscribe
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For a time, Max Linder
was considered the greatest of film comedians
. Star of over 500 films (examples, 1
), inventor of the mirror gag
, he was arguably the first film star. His life changed forever when he fought on the front lines in World War I, surviving three serious wounds, including a gas attack
. Thereafter, he began bouts of depression. In 1925, he talked his new bride into a suicide pact
, dying on Halloween.
Their orphaned daughter, Maud Linder was raised not knowing her heritage. At age 20 she learned who her father was and years later she made a loving documentary
of the marvelous works of her father.