Love Afoot

Marcel Fabre | 1914 | ★★★★½
Following a chance encounter in the street, a man attempts to woo a woman by slipping a note into her shoe as he flirtatiously buffs it. However, when her husband discovers said love letter, he flies into a rage and challenges the man to a duel, in Fabre’s ambitious proto-Futurist short. With its protagonists shot only from the waist down, the film’s familiar plot is given an ingenious twist, which seductively challenges our notions of narrative and form.