A chemist in his laboratory places upon a table his own head, alive; then fixing upon his head a rubber tube with a pair of bellows, he begins to blow with all his might. Immediately the ... See full summary »
A chemist in his laboratory places upon a table his own head, alive; then fixing upon his head a rubber tube with a pair of bellows, he begins to blow with all his might. Immediately the head increases in size and continues to enlarge until it becomes truly colossal while making faces. The chemist, fearing to burst it, opens a cock in the tube. The head immediately contracts and resumes its original size. He then calls his assistant and informs him of his discovery. The assistant, wishing to experiment for himself, seizes the bellows and blows into the head with all his might. The head swells until it bursts with a crash, knocking over the two experimenters. Written by
Amusing Special Effects Comedy That Makes Good Use Of a Simple Idea
This amusing Georges Méliès feature makes good use of a simple idea, and it features some camera tricks that are very nicely done for 1901. This is one of many movies that show Méliès himself as he makes use of his considerable talent and imagination, and here, as in many of his movies, he also seems to be having an awfully good time doing it.
The idea of "The Man With the Rubber Head" is the kind of offbeat, slightly macabre concept that Méliès seemed to be able to come up with almost effortlessly. It resembles a number of his other features from around the same time, in using multiple screen images of his own head as a source of special camera effects and humor, which in this case is sometimes of a rather morbid kind. It works quite well, and the quality of the effects is, as is almost always the case in a Méliès film, quite high, especially given its age.
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