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The Hilarious Posters (1906)

Les affiches en goguette (original title)
A wall full of advertising posters comes to life.

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A workman glues an advertisement in the center of other adverts on an outside wall along a city walk. It's an ad for "love on credit," featuring a comely lass. The posters come to life, interacting with the characters in the surrounding adverts: a publican's wife is jealous of his talking to the midnight cutie; a cook dumps food on a character beneath him. Then, two flics walk by, and the characters become inanimate. After the cops walk on, life returns. The poster people attack a swell beneath the wall, and he runs for the cops. They return, and the wall falls on them, revealing a gate behind which the poster folks laugh. Chaos ensues. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Good Film
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hilarious Posters, The (1906)

*** (out of 4)

aka Les Affiches en goguette

This here remains one of Melies best known works due in large part to it being shown on countless compilations as well as various free sites (like Youtube). The film has a billboard showing off various people and it quickly comes to life before going back to the billboard. In a twist, the billboard jumps back to life so that those on it can throw things at the man making money off of it. This type of trick show really isn't anything new from Melies but it still works simply because of the charm. The movie runs a quick three-minutes and manages to get a few nice laughs but the technology of the trick shot is pretty low-key especially when compared to some of the work the director was doing even earlier than this.


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