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The Hallucinated Alchemist (1897)

L'hallucination de l'alchimiste (original title)
Strange things come to life as the fumes from an experiment cause an alchemist to have amazing visions.

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Strange things come to life as the fumes from an experiment cause an alchemist to have amazing visions.

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The Flicker Alley DVD "Georges Méliès: Encore New Discoveries (1896-1911)" misidentified a partial hand-colored print of the 1906 film "Alchimiste Parafaragaramus ou La cornue infernale" (The Mysterious Retort) as this film, "L'hallucination de l'alchimiste" (An Hallucinated Alchemist) from 1897, which continues to be considered a lost film. A comparison with the black and white print of "The Mysterios Retort" on Flicker Alley's prior DVD set "Georges Méliès First Wizard of Cinema (1896-1913)" demonstrates this. See more »

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25 February 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

If you think you've seen this Melies film on the 2010 DVD compilation of recently rediscovered Melies pieces..... well, I'm sorry to tell you that you haven't. It turns out that it is a nicely preserved and edited copy of Melies' 1906 short THE MYSTERIOUS RETORT that was misidentified.

It's amazing that anything at all of Melies' work survives, given that he destroyed his remaining copies in despair more than ninety years ago, but they do occasionally turn up, as well as other films of similarly unlikely antiquity. So keep your eyes open at those garage sales and the contact number of a dedicated fan handy.

Sorry about my continued rating of the movie, but I can't quite figure out how to remove it.


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