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The Haunted Castle (1897)

A King (played by Georges Méliès) shows up at his new castle where he is haunted.
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As he wanders in awe through the shadowy and endlessly long corridors of an isolated medieval castle, an elegant aristocrat entangles himself in a mind-boggling situation. Are these disappearing objects and those puzzling, yet haunting apparitions a cruel trick of the mind? They must be, after all, ghosts are not real. Written by Nick Riganas

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Stealing from Melies
5 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

George Albert Smith is not well remembered today, although he was a key player in many aspects of cinema. He invented modern film grammar, although he lost interest in that part of film-making by about 1905 and left the details of regularizing it to D.W. Griffith, who is usually credited with the work. He next turned his attention to making color movies and came up with Kinemacolour, which enjoyed moderate success for five or ten years and was later swamped by Technicolor.

However, here he is at the beginning of his career and what is he doing? He's doing a rip-off of Georges Melies THE HAUNTED CASTLE of the previous year. It's largely comparable, but the print I saw was lovingly tinted, which lends it an air of excellence that a typical duplication would not have. However, it's an apprentice's work. He would move on within a year or two.


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