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This is another very early film from French director Georges Melies which lasts over one minute so there's not a lot here for people who watch a film for narrative structure . That said because it's an early surviving film from Melies - who I'm reliably informed at least by the Wikipedia plays the man - it's worth seeking out if only because it shows the first stirrings of the imagination of the auteur
You can laugh at the film instead of with it featuring as it does a very obvious trick of getting a giant model beetle ( I'm sure it's a beetle and not a spider ) tying a thin thread to it and get someone to pull the model along while being out of shot . This helps to illustrate the imagination and humour of Melies who would go on to hypnotise audiences a few short years later with his special effect extravaganzas
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