How Greediness Spoilt Foolshead's Christmas / Come fu che l'ingordigia rovinò il Natale a Cretinetti (1910)

3.0 out of 5

Prolific former acrobat André Deed manages to stay on his feet long enough to deliver a range of delightful sight gags in this special effects laden seasonal comedic extravaganza from Cretinetti series of comedy shorts.

In a relatively understated performance Foolshead, a big kid on Christmas Eve, stuffs himself silly with sweets that adorn the tree while his family sleeps. He rests but is captured by a ghostlike Santa who takes him to heaven where he continues to gorge on treats, wrecking the place in the process, annoying God and eventually getting run out of the place by Satan and his trident wielding minions who take him to the abyss to be cooked alive in a large saucepan.

While the conclusion will come as little surprise this is nevertheless an entertaining enough short and one that may have some appeal with contemporary audiences, especially with those who find the antics Mr Bean or Pee-wee Herman to their liking.

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