This chapter considers Pierre Batcheff's very first films. Claudine et le poussin, ou Le Temps d'aimer (January 1924) was his first film in a role other than that of an extra is a starring role, as the virginal young lover. In his second film, Le Double Amour (June 1925), he plays a major role opposite one of the major actresses of the early 1920s, Natalie Lissenko, although his part is that of the dissolute youth, contrasting markedly with his first film. In his third film, Feu Mathias Pascal, he has a small part, the starring role being taken by one of the major actors of the 1920s, and Natalie Lissenko's partner, Ivan Mosjoukine. This chapter analyses each of these three films because they establish the beginnings of a complex star persona combining innocence and deviousness, that deviousness shading off into madness in Feu Mathias Pascal.
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