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The Devilish Tenant (1909)

Le locataire diabolique (original title)
| Short, Comedy
A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion.

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André Méliès ...
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A man carrying a carpetbag comes to see the concierge of an apartment building, and is shown an unfurnished room that is available. He agrees to rent it, and opens up his bag so that he can begin to move in. The bag contains an astonishing variety of furnishings and decorations, and soon he and his family have settled in. All is well until the day comes when the rent is due. Written by Snow Leopard

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A bag of tricks
29 March 2012 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This latter day George Méliès film is basically another of his trick shorts. In it a man moves into an unfurnished room and proceeds to decorate it with a selection of furniture and family members which he improbably pulls out of a small bag. Like all of the director's inventive shorts it's very well presented. And fully colour tinted as well, which is a great bonus. The special effects are simple yet effective and carefully rendered. Like other Méliès features it has a good sense of humour too. However, when you take into account the more elaborate narrative features that Méliès had already produced several years before, such as A Trip to the Moon and Kingdom of the Fairies, this does seem like quite regressive. Maybe it indicates why this famous innovator's career never really evolved any further, as he seemed to be essentially still making the same sort of films at a time of great change and evolution in the cinematic medium in general. A great shame, as he was easily the greatest presence in cinema in first decade of its existence. That said, this is still a very fun flick and one that is still a lot more fun to watch than most others from the time.


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