Georges Mendel’s ‘La Marseillaise’

La Marseillaise 1907 Mendel

Not even close to being the first sound film, and not particularly advanced technologically (being simply a mime to a pre-recorded disc), it’s still something of a marvel to see this performance 20 years before ‘The Jazz Singer’ and a few years before even silent shorts started coming out of Hollywood. Three minutes of your time, please, for a marvel of early cinema – a man dressed as Napoleon (?) miming to the French national anthem.

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