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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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Brilliant--it's classic Méliès in every way.
5 January 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a simple but highly appealing short film--and one of the very best from Georges Méliès' early work. Méliès was a stage magician who decided to incorporate magic into films and used a variety of techniques that were novel for the time to make his movie seem magical. Often, just by stopping and restarting the camera, he could make it appear as if things vanish or reappear! Nowadays, folks can easily see how this is done, but at the time it was hot stuff--so hot, other filmmakers started stealing his tricks and even made films that you swear were made by Georges Méliès himself!

"The Bewitched Inn" stands out because although it uses the standard sorts of camera tricks, it also has a wonderful sense of humor. So, not only do things appear and disappear, but the room appears to be deliberately antagonizing the poor man (as usual, played by the director himself). You really have to feel sorry for the guy, as again and again the room gets the better of him! Cute and well worth seeing.


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