Welcome to Nat. Brut's A/V Corner, where your editors pluck bits of sound and film from public domain archives! For this issue, we've paired Segundo de Chomón's 1907 film, La Maison Ensorcelée (House of Ghosts), with five of our favorite Bessie Smith songs from the late 1920s. the film is silent, so we've provided plenty of soundtrack material to go along with it!
Segundo Víctor Aurelio Chomón y Ruiz (17 October 1871, Teruel, Aragon - 2 May 1929) was a pioneering Spanish film director. He produced many short films in France while working for Pathé Frères and has been compared to Georges Méliès, due to his frequent camera tricks and optical illusions.
Bessie Smith was born on April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Smith was the most well-regarded female blues singer of the 20s and 30s, and remains known as one of the greatest singers of the early 20th century.