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The Sign of the Cross (1899)

Le diable au couvent (original title)
Satan appears in a convent and takes the guise of a priest. Before long he is causing all manner of perturbation and despair.

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A fairly routine Méliès fantasy short
6 April 2012 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This is another of Georges Méliès fantasy shorts. In this one Satan appears in a convent and takes the guise of a priest. Before long he announces himself and scares away the nuns. H then proceeds to make the place his own with various demonic décor and a selection of minions. The religious authorities eventually rise up and defeat him, banishing him from the convent.

I wouldn't say this is one of Méliès best. It's still inventive and full of trick shots. We would expect nothing less from the great man. But it's perhaps not as visually interesting as some others he made at the time. Still well worth seeing if you are interested in the earliest days of film.


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