This is utterly charming, old-fashioned and lovely and though I really worried they were going to eff it up in the third act they didn't totally, so yeah.
Half the film is lost, but the half I was able to find on YouTube (a theatre recording of a restoration presentation with a presenter helpfully reading the French intertitles) is a good time. Protea is a female spy and master of disguise tasked with recovering some diplomatic documents. The story doesn’t matter, but Protea’s and her partner’s quick changes and escape tactics are very entertaining and often quite amusing. Note this is two years before Les Vampires, which gives its lead Irma Vep a very similar look.
I figured I'd go ahead and watch this before The Avengers comes out, since I had missed it in theatres the year it came out. "Missed" isn't the right word. I heard bad things about it and opted not to go. And yeah, this movie is pretty boring, especially for an action movie. There are only like two and a half actual action scenes in it.
The first hour or so I was kind of bored stiff - there were…
Week 2: 1930s Musicals
Challenge: Watch an unseen 1930s musical.
We're totally in my wheelhouse doing 1930s musicals, so much so that I had to go much more obscure than the Fred/Ginger and Busby Berkeley films many other Challengers are doing (though if you haven't seen those, that's absolutely the way to go). Instead I went for a Pre-Code Lubitsch/Chevalier musical…