by John FLORY
1932 / 16mm / b&w / silent / 1S / 17' 00

"MR. MOTORBOATS'S LAST STAND, by John Flory and Theodore Huff, was a comedy of the depression. In a mixed style of realism and fantasy it told a story of an unemployed Negro (Leonard Motorboat Stirrup) who lives in an automobile graveyard and sells apples on a near-by street corner. Being of an imaginative sort, Mr. Motorboat pretends that he rides to work in a vehicle which was once an elegant car but which now stands battered and wheelless and serves as his home. The fantasy proceeds with Mr. Motorboat making a sum of money that he then uses as bait (literally and figuratively) for fishing in Wall Street. Soon he becomes phenomenally rich, only to lose everything suddenly in the financial collapse. With the shattering of his prosperity he awakens from his fantasy to discover that his apple stand has been smashed by a competitor. Called the best experimental film of the year by Movie Makers, December, 1933, the picture was a neat achievement in photography, cutting and social criticism." – Lewis Jacobs


distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
duration 21' 15
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound silent
rental fee 35,00 €