Midwife to the Upper Class (Sage-femme de première classe)

Remake of the 1896 film The Cabbage Fairy (La Fee aux Choux).

What was up with Guy-Blaché's cabbage fairy fixation anyway? Why did she choose to film this fantasy cloak for the sexual basis of life, not once, but twice? Was this some sort of secret nudge-nudge-wink-wink code that got audiences of that era turned on ("Yeah, let's go put that cabbage fairy to work!")? Or was she actually lampooning the idiocy of the sexual fantasy of the upper class twits?

And why can't I find any film theorist addressing this? And not one of the film historians' analyses of this film that I've come across mentions the only notable element of this otherwise bland fare: when the fairy offers a dark-skinned baby, the couple turns away in disgust. This would hardly be noteworthy in a US film, but 'darkie' humor appears relatively rarely in French films. Was this just cheap humor - or was this also lampooning the upper class?

Like many other films from this period, without intertitles, and lacking the context shared by audiences of that time and place, this film remains largely a mystery waiting to be cracked by some sleuthing film historian.