A night at the cinema in 1915

Desmet left behind about a thousand films. From his company archive, we can conclude that there were once many more films than that, but many of the films that he had in distribution have not been preserved.

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From some of the programmes, we still have (almost) all of the films. Below you can see a film programme as it was screened during the first week of January 1915, in the Bellamy cinema located in Vlissingen.

Sous le ciel Basque

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Onder de Baskische hemel (Sous le ciel Basque), 1913, FR

The only film in the programme which is missing, is a comedy called Het eerste duel van Willy (Le premier duel de Willy, 1914, FR) by the production company Éclair. Instead, here is another comedy from the Desmet Collection by the same company:

Gontran et la voisine inconnue

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Contran en zijn onbekende buurvrouw (Gontran et la voisine inconnue), 1913, FR.

Mr. Pyp als Champignon-zuechter

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Mijnheer Pijp als champignon-kweeker (Mr. Pyp als Champignon-zuechter), 1913, Charles Decroix, DU

Il focolare domestico

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De huiselijke haard (Il focolare domestico), 1914, Nino Oxilia, IT

Andy goes on the stage

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André op de planken (Andy goes on the stage), 1913, Charles H. France, VS

The Organ grinder

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De orgeldraaier (The Organ grinder), 1912, VS

Polycarpe veut faire un carton

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De schietmanie van Polycarpe (Polycarpe veut faire un carton), 1914, Ernest Servaes, FR