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The Enchanted Box (1903)

La boîte à malice (original title)
As scene as pleasing as incomprehensible. A juggler summons two chairs, which come to the stage jumping and twirling around. Across the back of these chairs the operator places a sheet of ... See full summary »

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As scene as pleasing as incomprehensible. A juggler summons two chairs, which come to the stage jumping and twirling around. Across the back of these chairs the operator places a sheet of glass on which he lays a box about four inches high. He then takes a table cover, with his servant's help, rolls it up and from the centre emerges a lady, beautifully dressed. At the juggler's order she jumps in the box, in which she completely disappears. The operator, in taking the box, notices an incredulous smile among the audience; he then affirms that the lady is still inside, and to prove it he puts the box on his knees and the girl appears again in full figure. He makes her go in again, and opening the box he shows that the girl has vanished and that her dresses only remain at the bottom. Then he jumps into the box himself, and his servant afterward; the box rolls off the stage without any help. Written by Méliès Catalog

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Mysterious Box
14 April 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Mysterious Box, The (1903)

*** (out of 4)

aka La Boite a Malice

George Melies plays a magician and with the help of another man he creates a small box, shaped like a suitcase, and magically makes a woman stand in it before disappearing into it. This film from the master filmmaker is a good one in his career, although it's certainly not among his best. You can see how the trick is being done, which takes away some of the fun but this is still a worthy film. As usual, Melies comes off very energetic and his energy really flows through the film. The trick itself is something Melies would do throughout his career but I believe this is the earliest film I've seen it in. Nothing great but worth watching.


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