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The Music Lover (1903)

Le mélomane (original title)
The leader of a marching band demonstrates an unusual way of writing music.

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A marching band appears, and the band-leader prepares to give them the music for the song he wants them to play. He has prepared a large staff above their heads, and he now creates notes by making duplicates of his own head, placing them on the staff, and completing the notes with sticks and other implements taken from the band members. When he has finished, the players attempt to perform the music that has been written in such an unusual fashion. Written by Snow Leopard

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The stick on the second head suddenly changes from left to right. See more »

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Featured in Une séance Méliès (1997) See more »

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Melomaniac, The
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Melomaniac, The (1903) *** (out of 4) aka Le Melomane Entertaining film from the French master has him playing a band leader who is trying to teach six women the notes to sing and play. With nothing else to do, the leader (played by Melies) starts to remove him head and throw them up into the air where they catch on some lines and this way shows off the notes. There's nothing too overly special here that would make this one of the director's better films but it is highly entertaining with some great special effects to pull it together. The effect of Melies removing his head several times is very well done and their effect when up on the line is also done extremely well. The film has a few good laughs as well, which makes this one worth viewing.


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