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The Cook in Trouble (1904)

Sorcellerie culinaire (original title)
| Short, Comedy, Fantasy
A cook has his hands full with three mischievous devils, who pop in and out of his kitchen.

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Nothing seems to be going right for the busy cook. He has several helpers, but they are mostly talking and laughing and doing little, so, when an old beggar asks for a hand out, the harried cook boots him out. The beggar returns in his true aspect, he's a wizard, and all Hell breaks loose. An imp ruins the soup with too much spice, and the cook blames his helpers. The wizard conjures more imps, and various chases and tricks ensue as the imps pop in and out of the cook's large oven. Havoc reigns. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Chaotic, But Has Some Very Good Moments
28 May 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This Méliès comedy is pretty chaotic, but it has some very good moments, and overall it is fairly amusing. It makes good use of the setting and the props, and it has many details that are creative and/or interesting. The story itself is, as are the stories in a good number of Méliès features, a simple but amusing pretext for displaying an assortment of special effects and visual tricks.

The movie starts with a cook who gets himself in trouble by offending a magician, leading to a series of antics and camera tricks. Most of them work all right, and there are only a handful of them that do not work so well. Overall, it's a good display of camera skill for its time, and a rather typical example of Méliès's style and abilities.

Amongst the special effects showcases that Méliès made, this one is a little better than average (which makes it well above average amongst all movie of its time), and it is worth watching if you have an interest in these very early movies.


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