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The Apparition (1903)

Le revenant (original title)
Alone in his room at an inn, a lustful old man is haunted by spirits.

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Two servants at an inn, a steward and a pretty maid, prepare a room for an old man. As they leave, the old man attempts to grab the maid, but she rebuffs him and quickly exits. Alone, the old man sits at a table to read his newspaper, lighting a candle to do so. Seemingly enchanted, the candle glides away to the opposite end of the table. The old man moves closer to the light, but the candle avoids him. When he turns his attention away briefly the candle grows enormous, then shrinks again. The old man moves too close to the candle and his newspaper catches fire. He throws the paper down and sprays it with seltzer, but it turns into a beautiful woman, who smiles seductively. When he rushes towards her, she turns into a horrible old woman wrapped in a shroud, who laughs at the man and dances mockingly. He attempts to strike her, but passes through her. As he flings himself at her in one last spectacular dive, the maid re-enters with his supper. The Apparition disappears, and the old man... Written by wmorrow59

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Apparition, The
29 April 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Apparition, The (1903)

*** (out of 4)

aka Revenant, Le

An old man goes to a hotel room where he's soon haunted by spirits. This film certainly isn't an original one for the director who previous made several films that deal with a person going into a hotel room and being haunted. This one manges to remain entertaining due in large part to some very funny sequences. The start of the film has the old man trying to read the newspaper but the spirits keep moving his candle to where he can't read. At one point they accidentally set the paper on fire and the old man's reaction is very funny. The second half of the three-minute film deals with the old man being haunted by the spirit itself and again more laughs follow. The special effects here are also very good especially the scenes with the old man running through the spirits.


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