Archive for Emile Cohl

Cohl Reporter

Posted in FILM with tags , , on April 25, 2013 by dcairns


Pictured: cartoonist and filmmaker Emile Cohl, one of the earliest major figures in animation. Head over to The Daily Notebook where The Forgotten says more.

Ah, here it is.

Posted in FILM with tags , , on June 7, 2009 by dcairns

You can treat this film as a sort of Rorschach test, writing down your impressions of it and allowing me to analyse your personality based on the results.

Intertitle of the Week: Cafe Society

Posted in FILM, MUSIC with tags , , , on June 7, 2009 by dcairns


This is the only intertitle in A HASHER’S DELIRIUM, aka LE SONGE D’UN GARCON DE CAFE, aka THE DREAM OF A CAFE BOY (I’m translating from both the French and the 1910s US slang) animation pioneer Emile Cohl’s 1 minute 20 second hallucinatory satire on the café set. A little fellow in what appear to be short trousers sits in a void, staring at a huge sphere, upon which are projected various morphing nightmares. Yep, that’s what my experiences in cafes tend to be like.


At film’s end, the video-sphere disappears and the boy elongates, Alice-style, into an auto-arse-kicking ourobouros.


It might all seem a bit, well, arbitrary, were it not for the smokin’ jazz score provided on my copy, which somehow gives the whole thing a context of jumping energy and anything-goes jazz-age brio in which Cohl’s surreal contortions seem, if not inevitable, at least perfectly natural.