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 »
Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dances. For this performance, her costume has a pair of wings attached to her back, to suggest a butterfly. As she dances, she uses her long, flowing skirts to create visual patterns.
Auguste Lumière directs four workers in the demolition of an old wall at the Lumière factory. One worker is pressing the wall inwards with a jackscrew, while another is pushing it with a ... See full summary »
A gardener is watering his flowers, when a mischievous boy sneaks up behind his back, and puts a foot on the water hose. The gardener is surprised, and looks into the nozzle to find out why... See full summary »
A group of people are standing in a straight line along the platform of a railway station, waiting for a train, which is seen coming at some distance. When the train stops at the platform, ... See full summary »
"The picture shows the Devil working at a fire. Two cavaliers appear, and the Devil takes the form of a seer, old, bent and wrinkled. Then he disappears in a cloud of smoke, to reappear ... 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 »
Wonderfully entertaining film from French master Georges Melies has a alchemist sitting in front of a glass container, which soon begins to capture the dreams of the man. Inside this dream includes images of a spider in its web, a demon-like creature and eventually fire begins to come from the glass. Melies will always be remembered for his trick films and this one here is a pretty effective one. The tricks are all obvious today but that doesn't take away from any of their charm and even when viewed today one can't help but be impressed with what Melies was able to do so I can't imagine what it would have been like seeing this back in 1897. Another major bonus here is that this was hand-tinted and the colors look absolutely breathtaking. I was really, really shocked with how wonderful the tinting looked because usually this early stuff is a mess that never looks right. I used to defend films made a decade later for their rough shape but after viewing this film I'm going to have to reconsider. A perfect place for a Melies newbie to begin.
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