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The Black Imp (1905)
"Le diable noir" (original title)

 -  Short | Comedy | Fantasy
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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 places his coat in the bureau, 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. Soon, the imp has the room to itself again. Written by <>

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Remember It's Comedy Not Horror
3 July 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

A man rents a room at an inn only to find that a mischievous imp wants the room for himself

This is a film by early film maker Georges Melies the man who single handedly effectively invented cinema special effects . Watching this short film that has a running time of less than four minutes it helps if you realise beforehand that despite having a title like THE BLACK IMP you're not going to be watching any type of horror film but instead is a slapstick comedy

The selling point of course are the effects achieved by jump cut replacement photography which fellow commentator and the much missed F Gwynplain MacIntyre explains was still being used in film and television in the 1960s and 70s

That said you have to be slightly forgiving when watching this short . Once you know how the special effects are done the film loses some of its magic . Also the whimsy and unrepentant slapstick sense of humour is rather overdone in the eyes of a perhaps more sophisticated audience so you have to watch it with a 1905 mentality in order to get the full benefit

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