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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. Written by
While this fairy tale adaptation by Georges Melies is visually arresting, the storyline is so impossible to follow as to render the film unintelligible, which serves to undermine all the effort Melies, his crew and cast have obviously put into the production. The film is painstakingly hand-coloured, but the print I saw on the internet was badly blurred which meant the colours bled into one another quite badly.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the film today is the set design
even though by modern standards it is a little too busy with a bit
too much detail. Overall, the film is visually impressive, but it falls far short of Melies' best.
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