Alice Guy pokes fun at the hip and stylish beverage of her day: absinthe. Despite its druggy reputation, the gag of this short film is that the customer drinks the extremely concentrated beverage undiluted.
The film ends with what is arguably the most iconic comedy trope of silent slapstick: the seltzer in the face. A grand bit of fun from a pioneering director.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Our absinthe imbiber is chased away.
Read my review here. I also taste test real absinthe (yes, it’s legal).
If it were a dessert it would be: Maple Star Anise Mousse. Classic, light, delightful.
Availability: Released on DVD as part of the wonderful Gaumont Treasures box set.
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