18 August 2018

Photo by Félix

In the early 1910s, Edition Pathé Frères published many postcards of the studio's stars. Among them were Stacia Napierkowska, Robinne and Berthe Bovy. And the biggest star of them all was the marvellous comedian Max Linder. Their photos were often taken by photographer Félix, who worked in his studio in Paris.

Andrée Pascal de l'Odéon
French postcard by Edition Pathé Frères. Photo: Félix.

Andrée Pascal (1892-1982) was a French actress who was highly active in French silent cinema. She did over 30 films for Pathé in the early 1910s, but suddenly stopped her film career after acting in L'empereur des pauvres (1922).

Berthe Bovy
French postcard by Edition Pathé Frères. Photo: Félix. Caption: Mlle Berthe Bovy of the Comédie Française. 1910s.

Berthe Bovy (1887-1977) was a Belgian stage and screen actress. She was a regular stage actress at the Comédie Française since 1907, but also acted in some 30 early silent films at mainly Pathé, and afterwards in some 20 sound films between the 1930s and early 1970s. She also worked for TV.

Madeleine Céliat
French postcard by Edition Pathé Frères. Photo: Félix.

Madeleine Céliat was a French stage actress who started out in film in 1909. She played in historical films by Pathé like Messalina (Henri Andréani 1910) and in one film by Eclair: La fin de Don Juan (Victorine-Hippolyte Jasset 1912), in which she played donna Anna. In 1912 Charles Pathé sent her to its Italian subsidiary Film d'Arte Italiana, in order to replace Francesca Bertini

Germaine Dermoz
French postcard by Edition Pathé Frères. Photo: Félix.

Germaine Dermoz (1888–1966), younger sister of actress Jeanne Delvair, was a French film and theatre actress of the early-to-mid twentieth century. She is most famous for her portrayal of Madame Beudet in Germaine Dulac's avant-garde film La souriante Madame Beudet/The Smiling Madame Beudet (1923).

Maria Fromet
French postcard by Edition Pathé Frères. Photo: Félix.

Maria Fromet (1902-1967), aka 'la petite Fromet', is mostly known for her countless parts as little girl in the films by Pathé Frères of the early 1910s.

Max Linder
French postcard by Edition Pathé Frères. Photo: Félix.

French comedian Max Linder (1883-1925), with his trademark silk hat, stick and moustache was an influential pioneer of the silent film. He was largely responsible for the creation of the classic style of silent slapstick comedy and he was the highest paid entertainer of his day.

Max Linder
French postcard by Editions Pathé Frères. Photo: Félix.

Max Linder
French postcard by Editions Pathé Frères. Photo: Félix.

Max Linder
French postcard by Edition Pathé Frères. Photo: Félix.

Marcelle Monthil
French postcard by Edition Pathé Frères. Photo: Félix.

Marcelle Monthil (1892-1950) was a French actress who started her film career in the days of the early silent cinema. She played dozens of supporting and bit parts during the 1930s and 1940s.

Castillan
French postcard by Pathé Frères. Photo: Félix.

During the early 1910s handsome French actor Castillan starred in several short films by Pathé Frères.

Gabriel Signoret
French postcard by Editions Pathé Frères. Photo: Félix.

Gabriel Signoret aka Signoret (1878-1937) was a French actor and director who played in some 85 films, mostly silent ones.

Paul Capellani
French postcard. Photo: Félix, Paris. Signed in 1913.

With his brooding good looks, stage and film actor Paul Capellani (1877-1960) became a successful star of some 100 French and American films between 1908 and 1930. He was the younger brother of noted film director Albert Capellani and he appeared in many of his brother’s silent historical films.
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