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

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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A great little charmer with nice jump-cut tricks
9 November 2010 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This is another fun and inventive film from director Georges Méliès. Like many of his others, it's film that is basically a means for Méliès to display his skills with film trickery. Also, like many of his films he demonstrates his skills within an imaginative setting, so the movie retains a great deal of charm. The film depicts the actions of a devilish imp, who has invaded an apartment. He disappears and reappears all over the room at will. When a poor unfortunate man enters the scene, the imp torments him with his magical mischief. This involves furniture moving at will all over the room, with a clever sequence involving multiplying chairs. The main trick that Méliès uses in Le Diable Noir is stop-motion photography and it's only fair to say that he uses it very well. It's been put together with such care that it's not all that easy to notice when the jump-cut has been made. Like many of the directors other works the overall feel of the film is playful as opposed to menacing. Definitely a nice little flick to watch if you are interested in the very earliest films ever made.


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