Sunday, April 7, 2013

1905 - The Misadventure of a French Gentleman Without Pants at the Zandvoort Beach

Man, everything you think is a new idea, they did it a hundred years ago at least. First off, I chose this film based on its title, not knowing much about it. It turns out it's like a 100-year old episode of Candid Camera. Or, if you want to feel cooler while watching it, a scene from Improv Everywhere.

Because that's basically what it was. A "Frenchman" confederate stranded above six inches of water decides that that's too deep for his pants and takes them off. Then he gets chased through town by cops, who are also probably confederates, and random locals who decide to join in the chase unawares. They keep looking at the camera and smiling or waving into it. Eventually, when they [SPOILER] catch the Frenchman, now dressed as a woman, they parade through town with him on their shoulders, the unsuspecting Dutch civillians smiling that much more broadly at the cameras now that the man committing pantslessness was safely contained.

But they just got punked. In 1905. On camera.

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