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The Late Mathias Pascal / The Living Dead Man

The Late Mathias Pascal / The Living Dead Man

A Feature film by Marcel L'Herbier

Produced by Cinégraphic, Les Films Albatros

Release in France : 12/02/1926

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Actors (14)

Production and distribution

Executive Producers :

Cinégraphic, Les Films Albatros


Mathias Pascal, only son of a once rich family, marries beautiful Romalinda, who has a terrible mother-in-law. She controls her daughter, and soon his home life becomes a nightmare, as well as his job as assistant librarian in his home town. His only moments of lights are his mother and his baby, but both die on the same day. Shocked he leaves his hometown and gets to Monte Carlo, where he wins a fortune at the Casino. Returning home, he reads his own obituary in a paper. They have found a corpse in a creek and connected it with his disappearance. Mathias, noticing that he now is free from all ties to his old live, decides to start a new one, and goes to Rome, where he rents a room in a pension full of fake spiritualists who are controlling the owner. The chief of the gang, Terence, wants to marry the owner's daughter Adrienne, and has convinced her father to give her to him, with no regards of Adrienne's feelings, who is in love with and loved by Mathias. When Terence steals Mathias 50,000 Lira, and Mathias, being officially dead can neither marry Adrienne nor denounce Terence to the police, he decides to do something about his state and travels home, just to notice that Romalinda has remarried...

Source : IMDb



Since seeing a Paris production of Pirandello's play Sei personnaggi in cerca d'autore, L'Herbier had been eager to collaborate with the author on a film of one of his work's, but hitherto Pirandello had been unwilling to give permission for any adaptations because he would not accept the compromises that were asked of him. When however a proposal was put to him on L'Herbier's behalf to film his novel "Il fu Mattia Pascal", he was sufficiently impressed by the film-maker's earlier work to give his enthusiastic agreement

L'Herbier's ideal choice for the title role was the Russian émigré actor Ivan Mosjoukine who was under contract to the Films Albatros company. Negotiations then led to a shared production agreement for the film between L'Herbier's own company Cinégraphic and Albatros.


The film received its first screening in Paris in July 1925. Because of its length, it had to be shown in two parts, which L'Herbier felt was damaging to its impact. Nevertheless, it was mostly well received by both critics and public, and overall it represented the best contemporary success that L'Herbier had with any of his films. It also received distribution abroad (rarely for a French film of the period).

The receipts of the film were valued at 1,219,026 francs; around two-thirds of this amount was earned outside France.

Source : Wikipedia

Full credits (8)

Assistant Director :

Alberto Cavalcanti

Producer :

Marcel L'Herbier

Directors of Photography :

Jean Letort, Bourgas, Nicolas Roudakoff, Jimmy Berliet, Paul Guichard

Music Composer :

Joseph-Etienne Szyfer

Author of original work :

Luigi Pirandello

Screenwriter :

Marcel L'Herbier

Production Designers :

Alberto Cavalcanti, Lazare Meerson

Artistic Director :

Alberto Cavalcanti

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Feature film

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100% French

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Runtime :

2 h 31 min

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Black & White

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