Un bon bock (lost French animated film; 1892)

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The poster for the film.

Status: Lost

Un bon bock (also known in English as A Good Beer) was an animated film created in 1892 by French filmmaker Charles-Émile Reynaud. It was one of the first animated films in the history of moving pictures. The film lasted around 15 minutes and was screened along with two other of his early animated films (Le clown et ses chiens, which is completely lost, and Pauvre Pierrot, which is partially found, were also screened) on October 28th, 1892, using Reynaud's own Théâtre Optique moving picture system.[1][2]

It was painted in 1888, and was made up of 700 individual pictures. Reynaud changed the speed and repeated frames by moving the reel back and forth through the projector to tell a story that lasted 15 minutes.[3] With this small amount of drawings in 15 minutes, the animation was very limited. The characters moved very slowly and rarely. It was the first of Reynaud's films to be painted, as Le clown et ses chiens and Pauvre Pierrot were painted in 1890 and 1891 respectively.

Plot[edit | edit source]

A "wanderer" walks into a bar in the countryside and asks a pretty waitress for a beer. Once she comes back with the alcohol, the man attempts to woo the waitress. While both people are gone, the cook comes in, drinks the man's beer, and runs off. The "wanderer", confused, asks for another cup of beer.

Another person walks in and starts to argue with the first person. While these men are arguing, the cook comes in again and drinks the second beer while no-one is looking. As the second man heads out, the first one looks at his glass and sees it is empty again. He calls for the waitress, expresses his disappointment with the bar, and then heads out.

The cook comes in again and explains to the waitress what he did with the two glasses of beer. They make fun of the wanderer and then leave the bar.

Availability[edit | edit source]

No copy of this very early animated film has surfaced. It has been lost ever since Reynaud threw almost all of his films into the Seine river while in a depressed mood.[3] As for Reynaud's other films, only 4 minutes (out of 15) survive of Paurve Pierrot, and his other 1892 film Le clown et ses chiens is completely lost.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

The surviving footage of Paurve Pierrot.
A pencil sketch of Reynaud's other lost film, Le clown et ses chiens.

External Link[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. (In French) A small biography on Reynaud. Retrieved 19 Feb '19
  2. A book on Emile Reynaud. Retrieved 19 Feb '19
  3. 3.0 3.1 A short biography on Emile Reynaud. Retrieved 19 Feb '19