A very early (1929) absinthe movie -- perhaps the first?

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By Timk on Saturday, August 25, 2001 - 11:14 am: Edit

Probably one of those Oxygenee Cusenier Metal drippers, there should be a pic on Frenchmans site

By Verawench on Friday, August 24, 2001 - 09:18 pm: Edit

Recently, on American Movie Classics, they had a documentary of sorts on how sex, crime, and drugs were portrayed in the earliest days of American movie making.

There was a brief tidbit on absinthe - nothing was said about it, just a flash of film footage - which may very well have been from an early version of the movie you guys mention. I wanted to find out about it because it showed a curious contraption for pouring the absinthe: a bottle turned upside down in some sort of a metal clasp and dripping onto sugar-spoon-glass set up.

I wonder if that was it.. it was very neat-looking.

By Chevalier on Friday, August 24, 2001 - 04:06 pm: Edit

Well, it seems that MADAME X has been filmed seven times. (Was it really worth repeating?) The earliest version came out in 1906, the next in 1916. Would that we could see them ...

By Chevalier on Friday, August 24, 2001 - 01:51 pm: Edit

ABSINTHE (aka MADAME X)

1929, Drama, N/R
Director: Lionel Barrymore With: Ruth Chatterton, Lewis Stone, Raymond Hackett, Holmes Herbert, Eugenie Besserer, John P. Edington, Mitchell Lewis, Ullrich Haupt, Sidney Toler, Richard Carle

Not the best rendition of the story, but it is, nonetheless, a curio. A bored wife is cast into the streets by her husband after he finds out she has been unfaithful. She sinks into the depths of absinthe addiction. Years later her son, not knowing who she is, defends her when she is charged with murder. This is the first film where a moving microphone was used (on the end of a fishing pole). Oscar nominations were received for Actress and Director.

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