Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster. Made ill by what he has done, Frankenstein is comforted by his fiancée ... See full summary »
J. Searle Dawley
A film of more than unusual interest. Those who are familiar with the length of time it takes to make a picture wherein oil the furniture in the house moves out automatically, will appreciate the great labor of making this film.
A surrealist tale of a man and a woman passionately in love with one another, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church, and bourgeois society.
Caridad de Laberdesque
A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.
A poor but honest young man wins the hand of a beautiful Princess after facing a series of exciting adventures involving apparitions, cartwheeling skeletons, a dragon, and plump dancing girls from the Folies Bergere.
The simplicity of Le cauchemar de Fantoche gives it a kind of timelessness that is unique for a film so old (for any film in fact - ones that once seemed fresh and original can quickly becomes dated). It consists of a series of sketches drawn in white line on a black background, and the stream of consciousness format of the unfolding images also lends it a surreal air that makes it fascinating to watch. It's also quite puzzling, and it would be easy to over-analyse what we see in order to make some sense of it all when the only thing Cohl was probably trying to do was create a piece of entertainment. Whatever you think about that, you probably will be entertained by this brief oddity.
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