Saturday, January 18, 2014

Remembering Romeo Bosetti

Roméo Joseph Bosetti was born on January 18, 1879 in Chiari, Brescia, Italy. He was the son of John and Philomena of the circus Baresi. He had a brother who died at the age of five and a sister Henriette, a dancer, who died tragically afters he jumped from a window to escape a fire.  Roméo began appearing in the circus at the age of ten.
Due to the continual wanderings of his parents, Bosetti, could not attend school, but taught himself French, thanks to the fact that their circus often stopped in French speaking areas.
An acrobat, stuntman and artist in music halls, Bosetti made ​​his debut in front of the camera in 1906 in a Pathé short called “La course à la perruque” along with André Deed. Later he worked for Gaumont, where he acted, directed and wrote the stories and screenplays for the comic series “Roméo” from 1908 to 1914. He was also the producer of three films directed by Feuillade 's Fantômas in the series. Bosetti appeared in two silent Euro-westerns: “Roméo cow-boy” (1908) and “Calino with the Indians” (1909).
Bosetti also launched other comic characters and directed them personally in over 250 films shot until 1916. The first was played by Clément (Calino Mege). He then returned to Pathé in 1911 and directed for the Parisian film studio comedy productions in Nice. Other comic characters he directed were Bigorno (René Lantini), Caroline (Ellen Lowe), Casimir (Lucien Bataille), Little Moritz (Maurice Schwartz), Patouillard (Paul Bertho) and Rosalie (Sarah Duhamel) .
Forced to abandon the film business during the First World War, he participated in the conflict where he was wounded. When he returned comedy films were no longer in vogue and he became a producer and worked behind the scenes until his death on October 27, 1948 in Suresnes, Hauts-de-Seine, France at the age of 69.
Today we remember silent film actor, director Roméo Bosetti on what would have been his 135th birthday.

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