Crainquebille

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Crainquebille
Crainquebille1922.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jacques Feyder
Produced by Jacques Feyder
Written by Anatole France (novel)
Jacques Feyder
Cinematography Léonce-Henri Burel
Maurice Forster
Distributed by Red Seal Pictures
(1923 US release)
Release dates 15 November 1922 (France)
2 September 1923 (US)
Running time 90 minutes (original release)
76 minutes (restored version)
Country France
Language Silent film

Crainquebille (1922) is a French silent film directed by Jacques Feyder. The film was known as Bill in the US and as Old Bill of Paris and Coster Bill of Paris in the UK. The restored film is now known for its cinematic realism compared to many other films of the silent era.

Plot[edit]

Crainquebille the street vendor

Jérôme Crainquebille, is an ageing modest vegetable seller who has sold groceries from his cart in Les Halles market in Paris for over 40 years. One day, whilst waiting for a customer to give him his change, he is hassled by a policeman who insists that he moves on. When he protests, Crainquebille is arrested, supposedly for swearing at the policeman. Following a farcical trial, the old man is sent to jail, where due to the poor quality of his past life he enjoys the benefits of the free shelter and food.

On his release, however, his life continues to nose-dive: all of his past regular customers shun him, and, with no income, he turns to the bottle becoming an alcoholic. He is reduced to a tramp that everybody loathes, and the sad old man is about to commit suicide when a young street boy called "Mouse" takes him by the hand to forget about the past and persuades him to make a fresh start.

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Preservation status[edit]

In 2005, a restored 35mm print was produced by Lobster Films in Paris in association with Lenny Borger,[1] and was released on DVD by Home Vision Entertainment in 2006.[2]

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