[La Fête au père Mathieu]


[La Fête au père Mathieu]

Uncle Rube's Birthday

(most comical and amusing)

It is the birthday of Uncle Rube, a foxy old peasant who has gathered at his table his family and his help, among whom is a sleepy farmhand, a boy just suited for being made fun of by his comrades. The dinner over, Uncle Rube proposes to finish up the day at a cabaret, singing and drinking. The farmhand, already intoxicated quite enough, refuses to join his comrades and takes to bed; stretching himself out as he falls asleep. Uncle Rube and his companions, seeing him asleep, propose to have a little fun at his expense. They balance the bed upon a stood, with a vessel of water at the head as a counterweight. The farmer takes a trumpet and makes some shrill noises which awaken the unfortunate boy, who, breaking the equilibrium, falls head first into the water, while his comrades dance around him. Uncle Rube, who has taken possession of the clock, executes a breakdown. Frightened, amazed, the farmhand falls into a bucket of water, from which he is unable to extricate himself. This view is full of life, action and situations provoking insuppressible laughter.

MEL 1905-A


1 Méliès 602-605  
2 Georges Méliès  
3 1904 65m/215ft
4 France  


07/02/1906 FranceParis G. Méliès Fête Mathieu
G. Méliès
Paris, le 7 février 1906
Monsieur Caroli
603 à 605     Fête Mathieu
Collection particulière [D.R.]