Linder was one of those 'giants' of film comedy who periodically get overlooked then 're-discovered' by students of the genre. Born Gabriel Leuvielle in 1883, he began making films in his native France in 1906, then in Hollywood from 1917. He portrayed a man-about-town, dapper character always beset by problems caused by various misunderstandings and misdirections. His persona commanded attention all the time he was on screen and it is said, was a great influence on Charles Chaplin. The compilation offered here was put together originally in 1963."Seven Years Bad Luck", a feature film from 1920, sees Max in a variety of mix-ups caused by the breaking of mirrors. Regrettably this seems to be made up of several different prints, all of them well-worn and splice-ridden which detracts from the action. The three short subjects from the same period are of much better quality. A horrific experience on the battlefields of World War One left Linder desperately depressed and ended with his premature death by suicide in 1925. The film world was robbed of one its greatest comic artists, so it is good to have a DVD release as a reminder of his genius.