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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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A mischievous black imp hiding in a hotel room, enjoys his privacy jumping around from the bed to the table, and then, from the chair to the priceless davenport. However, when a respectable resident arrives escorted by the landlady and her husband, before long, the furniture will begin vanishing or stacking into impossible configurations, and much to the visitor's surprise, teleport back into the room. Eventually, as the culprit manifests before the man's eyes, inevitably, pandemonium ensues. Is there a way to get rid of this nuisance? Written by Nick Riganas

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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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