Louis Delluc was one of the most important silent pioneers in France and probably one of the first persons in that country who thought of the cinema as an Art. He was part of group called the “French Impressionist School” ( which also included Epstein, Abel Gance, Marcel L’Herbier and Germaine Dulac ) and was himself one of the first and most influential French film critics. Unfortunately Louis Delluc had a short career dying very young at the age of 33 from tuberculosis, denying the French and the rest of the whole world, his mastery of film and future accomplishments.
“Fièvre” it is one of his most significant films in which we can see louis Delluc’s previously mentioned talents put to good use. It is a melodramatic story that happens in one of those typical and dangerous harbour bars, and in which a gallery of misfits will pass an evening that will end up in a tragic way. Two remarkable aspects in this film are Delluc’s efficiency displaying in that small and unique décor ( the film includes harbour images and some flashbacks ) such different characters perfectly harmonized in the same sequence and many times, in the same shot. The visuals involving the different stories are skilfully composed. The film is also very well paced with an “in crescendo” film narrative that will have its climax when at the end of the film the bar atmosphere becomes unbreathable on account of the resentments, jealousies and thoughts of vengeance build to a feverish pitch among those bar customers.
(by Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien)