Of all the beautiful stories ever told none are more interesting than Gulliver's Travels. How Gulliver set out on a journey and was shipwrecked on an island, where he found strange people, ... See full summary »
One of the greatest of black art pictures. The conjurer appears before the audience, with his head in its proper place. He then removes his head, and throwing it in the air, it appears on ... See full summary »
A chemist in his laboratory places upon a table his own head, alive; then fixing upon his head a rubber tube with a pair of bellows, he begins to blow with all his might. Immediately the ... See full summary »
A bat flies into an ancient castle and transforms itself into Mephistopheles himself. Producing a cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a young girl and various supernatural creatures, one ... See full summary »
An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx. The prince promises him a vast fortune if the dervish will only give him the ... See full summary »
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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