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The Bewitched Inn (1897)

L'auberge ensorcelée (original title)
A weary traveler stops at an inn along the way to get a good night's sleep, but his rest is interrupted by odd happenings when he gets to his room--beds vanishing and re-appearing, candles ... See full summary »

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A weary traveler stops at an inn along the way to get a good night's sleep, but his rest is interrupted by odd happenings when he gets to his room--beds vanishing and re-appearing, candles exploding, pants flying through the air and his shoes walking away by themselves. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Humorous short from Méliès
15 April 2012 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

A traveller experiences strange paranormal activity in a room at an inn where he stops to stay the night. Clothes fly around, a chair vanishes and his boots walk off; all to the consternation of the spooked out man.

This little comic short from Georges Méliès is a very early showcase for his cinematic trickery and visual invention. Just as significantly it illustrates his sense of humour. Méliès made many funny films which incredibly are still amusing even now, over a century down the line. The effects remain impressive even though we all know how they are done. There is always a loving care in Méliès work. This one is no exception and shows why he is the first cinematic genius.


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