21 September 2019

New acquisitions: Cinémagazine, Part 2

Last Saturday, EFSP had a post with a series of French postcards by Editions Cinémagazine, recently acquired by Ivo Blom. We love these sepia postcards of the 1920s, and have many more in our collections. Last week, we published 25 Cinémagazine cards with Hollywood stars. For today, we chose 25 cards with European stars, which we did not publish before.

Rachel Devirys
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 53. Photo: Jean Desboutin.

Rachel Devirys (1890-1983) was a Franco-Russian actress, who started in French cinema in 1917 and is known for such films as Visages d'enfants (Jacques Feyder, 1923) as the stepmother of Jean Forest, Monte Carlo (Louis Mercanton, 1925) with Betty Balfour, and Croquette (Mercanton, 1928) again with Balfour. Devirys continued well into the sound era, with films such as Maternité (Jean Benoît-Lévy, 1930). One of her last parts was in Les enfants terribles (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1950).

Denise Legeay
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 54. Photo: Jean Desboutin.

Denise Legeay (1898-1968) was a French film actress whose career and popularity peaked in the first half of the 1920s. Legeay debuted in L'infante à la rose (Henry Houry, 1921), starring Gabrielle Dorziat. In the episode film Vingt ans après (Henri Diamant-Berger, 1922), the sequel to Les trois mousquetaires (1921), Legeay played Anne Geneviève de Bourbon, Duchess of Longueville. She also acted opposite Maurice Chevalier in Le mauvais garçon (Henri Diamant-Berger, 1923). Legeay was paired with Harry Piel in Der Mann ohne Nerven (1924) and Face à la mort/ Au secours!/Schneller als der Tod (1924), both directed by both Gérard Bourgeois and Harry Piel. The collaboration lead to two other Harry Piel films in Germany: Zigano (1925), and Achtung Harry! Augen auf! (1926). These were her last films.

Gilbert Dalleu
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 70. Photo: Studio Rahma.

Gilbert Dalleu (1861-1931) was a French actor of the silent era.

Monique Chrysès
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 72. Photo: Jean Desboutin.

Little is known about Monique Chrysès. Her life dates are lacking. She debuted in French silent film in Le père Goriot (Jacques de Baroncelli, 1921), where she played Madame de Restaud opposite Gabriel Signoret as the title character. In 1922 she acted in the Oscar Wilde adaptation Le crime de Lord Arthur Savile (René Hervil, 1922) with the British actor Cecil Mannering as the title character. In 1923 she appeared in Germaine Dulac's serial Gossette (1923) starring Régine Bouet and costarring Maurice Schutz. Then, she was Mme Belmont in L'enfant des halles (René Leprince, 1924) and Marthe Guéroy in L'aventurier (Maurice Mariaud, Louis Osmont, 1924) with Jean Angelo. After years of absence from the screen, Chrysès had a last, supporting part in the sound film La voix qui meurt (Gennaro Dini, 1934) starring André Burdino.

Gaston Rieffler
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 75. Photo: Monférino, Nice.

Gaston Rieffler (1880-1959) was a French actor who peaked in the French silent cinema of the 1910s and early 1920s.

Ivan Mozzhukhin
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 93.

Russian actor Ivan Mozzhukhin (1889-1939) was a legendary star of the European silent film. He escaped from execution by the Soviet Red Army and made a stellar career in Europe, but he suffered in Hollywood.

Ginette Maddie
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 107. Photo: Wyndham.

Ginette Maddie (1898-1980) was a French actress who acted in French and German silent films. She started opposite Claude Merelle in Le diamant noir (André Hugon, 1922). Maddie had female leads in Sarati le terrible (René Hervil, Louis Mercanton, 1923), the comedy Les héritiers de l'oncle James (Alfred Machin, Henry Wulschleger, 1924), and La lueur dans les ténèbres (Maurice Charmeroy, 1928), while she often played the second woman in the story in French and German films opposite e.g. Dolly Davis, Madeleine Erickson, Xenia Desni, and Dita Parlo.

Eric Barclay
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 115. Photo: Wyndham.

Eric Barclay (1894–1938) was a Swedish film actor. Barclay became a prominent actor in French silent films of the early 1920s, often working with director Jacques de Baroncelli. He also appeared in German and British films and those of his native Sweden.

Jean Devalde
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 127. Photo: Rahma.

Jean Devalde (1888-1982) was a Belgian actor in French silent cinema. After his career as actor, Devalde became impresario of Pierre Fresnay, Yvonne Printemps, Pierre Richard-Willm and Edwige Feuillère.

Max Maxudian
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 134. Photo: Rahma.

Max Maxudian (1881-1976) was a French stage and film actor with tall, broad shoulders, a high forehead under hair thrown-back, a Bourbon nose, a black beard framing an energetic face, tempered by Oriental eyes. He appeared in supporting parts in 77 films, including some of the silent classics of Abel Gance like the epic Napoleon (1927).

Arlette Marchal
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 142. Photo: P. Apers.

Elegant French actress Arlette Marchal (1902-1984) started as a fashion model and from the 1950s on she dedicated herself mostly to her fashion enterprise. Between 1922 and 1951 she starred in 41 European and American films.

Lucien Dalsace
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 153.

Lucien Dalsace (1893-1980) was a French stage and screen actor who peaked in French silent cinema of the 1920s.

Marcya Capri
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 174. Photo: Fretté.

Little is known about Marcya Capri, no life dates are known. She was first seen in The Empire of Diamonds (Léonce Perret, 1920), an American film shot on location in the South of France and elsewhere. Perret then hired her for major parts in The Money Maniac (1921) starring Robert Elliott, and his French production, L'écuyère (1922). She had a smaller part in Perret's superproduction Koenigsmark (1923), starring Huguette Duflos as Grandduchess Aurore and Jaque Catelain as her tutor Raoul Vignerte. Capri played Melusine de Graffenfried, the Grand Duchess's head of staff. Afterwards, Capri acted in La closerie des Genets (André Liabel, 1925) opposite Henry Krauss and Ninna Vanna. In Les deux mamans (Giuseppe Guarino, 1925), and the Franco-Romanian production Calvaire/ Drumul iertarii (Ion Niculescu-Bruna, Gabriel Rosca, 1927). Capri acted opposite Soava Gallone as the Other Woman in Celle qui domine (Carmine Gallone, Léon Mathot, 1927). After some bit parts and years of absence from the screen, she returned in 1936 for a small part in the sound film Marinella (Pierre Caron, 1936), starring Tino Rossi and Yvette Lebon.

Gaston Norès
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 188. Photo: V. Henry.

Gaston Norès (1894-1958) was a Belgian actor, who first chose operetta as his career and triumphed as Prince Danilo in 'The Merry Widow', just before the First World War. After four years at the front, his vocal cords were ruined and he could not sing anymore. He was introduced to film director Gérard Bourgeois and became the lead in the two-part film La dette de sang (1922) and instantly a star. Several films followed, a.o. the serial Tao (Gaston Ravel, 1923), in which he played the young adventurer Jacques Chauvry opposite Joë Hamman. The 10-episodes serial was a huge success. He only played in 12 films and often had supporting parts. At the advent of sound cinema, Norès's career was over. His last film was the early sound film Les papillons de nuit (Maurice Kéroul, 1930).

Cameron Carr
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 216.

Cameron Carr (1876-1944) was a British film actor of the silent era. Carr started his career in 1918, working for Broadwest, directed by Walter West. Often he was the other man opposite leading man Stewart Rome, with actress Violet Hopson in the middle. In 1922 he alternated his work at Broadwest with Stewart and Hopson, with roles at Stoll Pictures. There he worked in films by and with Guy Newall, and with Ivy Duke. Carr had his first lead in 1925 in the Stoll production The Notorious Mrs. Carrick, playing David Carrick. In several films, Carr played second fiddle to Clive Brook or Victor McLaglen. From 1927, he mainly played supporting parts for BIP.

Maurice Chevalier
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 230. Photo: Studio G.L. Manuel Frères.

Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972) was a French actor, singer and entertainer. His trademark was a casual straw hat, which he always wore on stage with a cane and a tuxedo.

Constant Rémy
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 256.

Constant Rémy (1882-1957) was a French actor and director, who played in almost 70 films.

Percy Marmont
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 265.

Percy Marmont (1883-1977) was a British actor, who had a prolific career in 1920s Hollywood and 1930s British cinema.

Jean Dehelly
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 268.

Jean Dehelly (1896-1964) was a French film actor, who was active in French cinema of the 1920s and early 1930s.

Maria Dalbaicin
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 309. Photo: Studio G.L. Manuel Frères.

María Dalbaicín (1902-1931) was a Spanish flamenco dancer who became an actress. Dalbaicín grew up in a gypsy family and her mother Agustina Escudero Heredia was nicknamed the 'Queen of Gypsies'. From 1925 on, she appeared in French and German films. When she died in 1931, she was only 28.

Claude Merelle
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 312.

Claude Mérelle (1888-?) was a French film actress of the silent era. She is best remembered as the evil Milady de Winter in Les trois mousquetaires/The Three Musketeers (Henri Diamant-Berger, 1921).

Raquel Meller
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 339. Photo: Studio G.L. Manuel Frères.

Spanish actress, singer, and diva Raquel Meller acted mainly in French silent films. She was already a highly popular singer before debuting as a film actress in 1919.

Camille Bardou
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 365.

Camille Bardou (1872-1941) was a French stage and screen actor, who acted in cinema between 1904 and 1934.

Armand Tallier
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 399.

Armand Tallier (1887-1958) was a stage and screen actor, who peaked in the silent era. Theatre director Jacques Copeau, who had opened the alternative Théâtre du Vieux Colombier, directed Tallier on stage from 1913 for several years. Inspired by him, Tallier began with Laurence Myrga the Studio des Ursulines, one of the first Parisian art houses, founded to ensure the diffusion of avant-garde cinema. The first session took place in January 1926. As an homage, the Prix Armand Tallier for the best book on film is awarded since 1958 (since 1977 called Prix littéraire du syndicat français de la critique de cinéma).

Catherine Hessling in Nana (1926)
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazine, no. 411. Catherine Hessling as the title character in Nana (Jean Renoir, 1926), based on the homonymous novel (1880) by Emile Zola.

Catherine Hessling (1900-1979) was an attractive brunette with bee-stung lips, who started as a model for the painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1917-1919) in the Provence. She married his son Jean in 1920 and they had a son Alain in 1921. From 1924 Hessling acted in Jean Renoir's first films, first in Catherine/Une vie sans joie (1924, re-edited by Albert Dieudonné in 1927), about an orphan girl who is a victim of the jealousy of women and the greed of men. In her second film, La fille de l'eau/The Whirlpool of Fate (1925), Hessling is the daughter of a pole man, whose father drowns and whose uncle tries to rape and rob her. Renoir's next production was the prestigious and costly Nana (Jean Renoir, 1926), filmed at the Bavaria Studios in Munich, and with stars like Jean Angelo and Werner Krauss. Hessling and Renoir became household names.

Léon Mathot in Dans l'Ombre du Harem (1928)
French postcard by Cinémagazine-Edition, no. 540. Photo: Franco Film. Léon Mathot in the French silent film Dans l'ombre du harem/In the Shadow of the Harem (Léon Mathot, André Liabel, 1928). The title on the postcard is slightly incorrect.

Léon Mathot (1886-1968) was a French actor and director, who became well-known for his role of Edmond Dantès in the French serial Le Comte de Monte-Cristo (1918), directed by Henri Pouctal. Mathot became one of the most popular stars of French silent film of the 1920s with such film as L'Empereur des pauvres (René Leprince, 1922) and Coeur fidèle (1923) by Jean Epstein. From 1927, he also became a film director, directing over 20 films.

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