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 »
In this scene is shown a magician behind an ordinary table, upon which he suddenly and mysteriously causes to appear a large box, into which he leaps. The sides of the box fall to the ... See full summary »
Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster. Made ill by what he has done, Frankenstein is comforted by his fiancée ... See full summary »
J. Searle Dawley
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 »
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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