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 »
A traveler puts up at an inn. He hangs his overcoat and hat upon a peg in his room, but he finds, instantly, that his clothes are on his back again. He takes off his coat a second time, but... 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 »
"In the opening of this film is seen the astronomer intently poring over his books. Suddenly, in a cloud of smoke, Satan appears and surprises the astronomer. At the command of the Fairy ... See full summary »
A man sleeps fitfully then dreams that a lovely woman is sitting at the foot of his bed. He reaches to embrace her and she becomes a minstrel, then Pierrot. The clown gestures to the moon ... See full summary »
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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