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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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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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This was likely the first Méliès film to use dissolves as a transition effect, and thus one of the first films overall to do so. See more »

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That Old Devil Georges
13 March 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A priest is officiating at a convent, when suddenly he is transformed into the devil, who frightens away the nuns and turns the place into a outlet of Pandemonium. Another of Melies' wonderful combinations of stage and film magic, this tells a fine little story of the triumph of faith.

But how did he get into the convent in the first place?

This is one of the many previously lost or infrequently seen Melies pictures that have been made available by Serge Bromberg, David Shepherd and a myriad of other hands in the newly issued DVD set GEORGES MELIES: FIRST WIZARD OF CINEMA. Required viewing for anyone interested in the history of movies ..... and a lot of fun.


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