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Magical Sword (1901)

The Magic Sword (original title)
On the roof of an ancient palace appear a young Knight and his lady. While they are making love an ugly old witch appears and is rather troublesome. The Knight commands her to leave, and ... See full summary »

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On the roof of an ancient palace appear a young Knight and his lady. While they are making love an ugly old witch appears and is rather troublesome. The Knight commands her to leave, and when he is about to force her away she sits on her broom and rises to the moon. After disappearing she causes various hob-goblins to haunt the pair, the last of them stealing away the lady while the Knight's back is turned. The Knight, frantic with grief, is suddenly confronted by a Fairy, who presents him with a magical sword, and tells him that he can use it to regain the young woman. Written by Edison Catalog

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knight | witch | sword | rescue | See All (4) »

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Short | Fantasy | Romance

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May 1902 (USA)  »

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Loved the Ogre
27 November 2009 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

Robert Paul is a largely forgotten name today, but he was a major pioneer of British cinema, and was quick to grasp the commercial potential of cinema in ways that better known pioneers such as William Friese-Greene were not. He was more of a mechanic than a filmmaker making, with Birt Acres, his own camera on which to shoot films in 1895, and also Britain's first projector, the Animatograph, with which to screen them in 1896. Early in the 20th century he had a custom-made studio built in Muswell Hill.

The Magic Sword is an elaborate fantasy film of which Robert Paul was justifiably proud. Featuring three separate scenes – something highly unusual for 1901 – it tells the story of a prince whose beloved is captured by a witch. The prince follows them to the witch's cave in order to save his love. The film is packed with special effects, including one particularly impressive moment when a giant ogre suddenly appears over a castle's battlements.


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