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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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15 August 1903 (USA)  »

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

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What Was He On?
6 December 2008 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

Melies had to be the most imaginative and creative of the early filmmakers as this surreal short shows. The master film magician appears in the role of music teacher who, chancing upon lines of telegraph wires in the country while out with his class, creates lines of music by detaching his head and throwing it up into the wires to form that little dot at the bottom of a music note. A new head instantly appears on his shoulders and Melies throws this one into the wires as well - a trick he repeats until a full line of music is created. We can only wonder where Melies got his ideas from - and why such a creative genius found it impossible to adapt to the increasing sophistication of film-making.


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