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Wonderful Mirrors (1907)
"Les glaces merveilleuses" (original title)

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A talented youth has compounded a wonderful fluid, a little of which he applies to the mirror in his room, and when he looks into it his image comes to life and comes out of the frame and ... See full summary »

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A talented youth has compounded a wonderful fluid, a little of which he applies to the mirror in his room, and when he looks into it his image comes to life and comes out of the frame and imitates his every action. As soon as he rubs the fluid off the mirror his double disappears. When the servant come in, a little of the fluid is again rubbed on the mirror, and he has the same experience, his reflection stepping out and doing stunts, thereby scaring the poor fellow almost to death. The inventor of the fluid then takes the mirror with him and goes out on the street, a passing policeman looks into it, and immediately his double appears and they have a free-for-all fight. A fellow playing the hose on the street is surprised when his double faces him, also holding a hose, and for a time it is amusing to see them drenching one another. He next goes into a café, where a man seated at a table gazes into the mirror, and immediately his double appears on the opposite side of the table, and it... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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28 December 1907 (USA)  »

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The Magic Mirror  »

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Drowning a Cat in Cream
3 October 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Technically, this series of disappearances, appearances and transformation which Segundo de Chomon directed, is as good as anything that Melies did. The earlier ones, where people come out of the mirror separately, dance with each other and then go back in as as brilliantly timed tricks of masking as could be wished for. I could not detect the seams.

Also, quite clearly, de Chomon could outspend Melies, with more chorines, more costume changes and color stenciling for the prints that Melies could not begin to match.

Yet these pieces, intended to take away Melies market, as good as they are, lack something that makes Melies great even today: the joy of performance. Melies showed you magic and enjoyed it as a performer. This piece, as well as it starts, just seems to go on and on, like someone who won't let you hang up a telephone, but always has one more thing to say. By the fourth costume change -- into characters that might have climbed down from Angkor Wat -- and the fifth set of transformations -- oh, clearly that's just a curtain with a hole in it -- my attention was beginning to wander. Because as well done as these tricks are, that's all there is. There's no story, no grammar, just another trick. Even the performers aren't enjoying it any more.


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