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OUR DOCUMENTARY

    We are proud to present to all silent film lovers our multiple award-winning documentary! In March 2015 it won the distinction "Award of Merit" at the San Francisco Film Awards. In May it won the Silver Award at the 2015 International Independent Film Awards. In September 2015 it won the Award of Recognition at the Accolade Global Film Competition. Of equal merit is the inclusion of the documentary in the Official Selection of the San Jose International Short Film Festival in October 2015. In December the documentary won the extremely prestigious Diamond Award at the 2015 California Film Awards. The amazing run of recognition for our documentary continued in 2016. In February it was included in the Official Selection of the Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival.

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   Martha Mansfield and Max Linder

 

Directed by                       Max Linder
Written by                        Max Linder
Starring                            Max Linder, Martha Mansfield
Studio                                Essanay Studios
Distributed by                  Essanay Studios
Release date                      26 March 1917
Country                             USA
 
 

This film is part of our series 'Hidden Gems'. It can be watched by registered users who make a donation. For more details, please click here.

 

"Max Wants a Divorce" is a short comedy starring Max Linder and our star Martha Mansfield.  It was her second film ever, and her second of three films with Max Linder for Essanay Studios.

 

Martha and Max are just married when he gets a letter from his lawyer notifying him that he will receive a 3 million dollar inheritance if he is not married.  As anyone would do, Max starts concocting a plan to keep both the money and his wife Martha.  His idea is to cause a divorce, obtain his inheritance, and get married with Martha again.

Martha at first is not fascinated by the idea: she slaps Max and bombards him with china.  Nevertheless, his promise to buy her a string of pearls after he receives the money is a strong incentive and Martha is sold to the idea of a divorce.

Details of the plan reveal Max's intention to find another woman, get caught in a staged adulterous act by a private eye sent by Martha, and voila!  Martha, however, is jealous and distrustful and makes sure she is present at all time with Max and his would-be mistress.

Complications arise when Max's rendezvous with the other woman turns out to be next door to a psychiatric clinic, but everything turns out well with a surprising ending.

 

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