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The Tulips (1907)

Les tulipes (original title)
In a bower of giant tulips a boy and girl practice flower magic. They cause flowers and birds to open and human forms to issue therefrom, and on the black background of the wonderful garden... See full summary »

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In a bower of giant tulips a boy and girl practice flower magic. They cause flowers and birds to open and human forms to issue therefrom, and on the black background of the wonderful garden there appear myriad flowers, in the center of each of which is a smiling feminine head. Tableaux showing pretty girl and flower effects are plentiful and the film winds up with a burst of multi-colored flame, which shoots in fiery splendor from leaves and petals. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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4 January 1908 (USA)  »

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Well, at least it had nice colors.
15 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Tulips" is not one of director Segundo de Chomón's better efforts. Here the movie seems to be all about the flowery sets and tricks instead of telling a decent story. And, even if the film came out in 1907, it seemed a bit dated for that time.

The plot isn't really comprehensible. Some folks stand by and watch with a flower-bordered screen as all sorts of tableaux appeared and disappeared. And, in the end, two of the onlookers climb inside a giant flower and disappear. In between there is some pointless dancing.

The only thing that stands out for me positively is the color. The Pathé Brothers pioneered the use of stencils--whereby assembly lines of ladies hand-painted color onto each cel of the film! Most of the cels in this one have multiple colors--which is quite striking and quite unusual. It looks pretty but other than that, it doesn't amount to very much other than a few ordinary (for the time) camera tricks.


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