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The Black Imp (1905)

Le diable noir (original title)
| Short, Comedy
A traveler at an inn is harassed by a mischievous devil in his room.

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An imp cavorts in the empty bedroom of an inn. It hides in the bureau as the innkeeper and his family escort an important guest into the room. As the guest tries to place his coat in a drawer in the bureau, it disappears and then reappears in the middle of the room. He tries again but the bureau keeps vanishing and reappearing on top of other furniture. Eventually, the imp pops out and begins to chase the man around the room. Bedlam ensues, with the room soon in disarray. By the time the innkeeper comes to investigate, the imp is again hidden, and the blame falls on the guest who is unceremoniously kicked out. Soon, the imp has the room to itself again. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com> Corrections via anonymous

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Amusing Feature With Some Good Camera Tricks
11 April 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This amusing Méliès feature has several of the kind of visual effects that made him famous, and most of them work quite well. The story starts when "The Black Imp" plays a series of practical jokes on an unwary traveler, and it then follows the battle of wits that ensues. The action that follows uses quite a few props, most of them simple everyday objects used in humorous and sometimes creative ways. Most of the camera tricks are done with skill, and the movie thus gets plenty of mileage out of some simple material. Most of it is fun to watch, and it's a good display of skill with the camera. It's definitely worth seeing if you have any interest in these earliest movies.


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