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Haggard's She: The Pillar of Fire (1899)

La colonne de feu (original title)
A devil conjures up a dancing woman from a mystical flame.

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A devil wearing bat-like wings and brandishing a trident dances around a giant pot, conjuring forth flame from his trident to lit a fire beneath the pot. After the devil works the fire with bellows, an angelic woman emerges from the pot. The devil and the pot vanish as the woman performs a dance, waving about her diaphanous sleeves until she conjures forth another fire, then she rises amongst the smoke into the air. Written by Anonymous

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The Pillar of Fire
28 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Pillar of Fire, The (1899)

*** (out of 4)

aka La Danse du feu

Neat fantasy film from Melies has the devil building a fire, which springs forward a woman who does a strange dance. There are a few special effects here, which are quite nice but the big bonus of this film is that it is hand colored and looks pretty good at that. The devil is painted green and the woman in a mixture of orange and white but the film is a beauty to look at as an early example of color. As for the story, it's really nothing overly special but the film remains worth viewing for fans of the director or anyone interested in the early color films.


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