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Mephistopheles' School of Magic (1902)

Les trésors de satan (original title)
The setting of this fantastic scene represents the hall of an old chateau in which a miser has locked up seven large bags containing his wealth. Satan, who has made his way into the chateau... See full summary »

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The setting of this fantastic scene represents the hall of an old chateau in which a miser has locked up seven large bags containing his wealth. Satan, who has made his way into the chateau, puts the seven bags in a strong box, and makes with his hands some cabalistic motions. The miser comes into the hall and is greatly astonished to find his fortune missing. He opens the coffer and immediately the bags leap out. He gathers them up and puts them back into the coffer. When he opens it again he finds that they have been transformed into seven young girls, who rush out and chase after him, beating him unmercifully. They shut him up in the coffer from which his gold has vanished. The miser pushes open the lid of the coffer, and to his profound despair finds that both young girls and money have disappeared. (This view is most sensational in its mysterious scenes.) Written by Star Film Catalog

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Money is the Root of All Magic
14 March 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Another lovely series of magic tricks for Melies, as a sneak thief tries to steal some moneybags from old Nick -- and all Pandemonium breaks loose! Even by Melies' standards, there is some excellent stage magic, as imp after imp -- and impishly cute girls they are too -- emerge from the box, step to the floor and walk around, while others come out -- feet in sight all the time! As always, done in Melies' typical blend of showmanship and good humor.

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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