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The Enchanted Sedan Chair (1905)

La chaise à porteur enchantée (original title)
| Short, Fantasy
A man stands in front of a backdrop painted with a nature scene. From a fan, he conjures a costume, then a woman appears inside it. An assistant carries in a mannequin; they dress her and ... See full summary »

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A man stands in front of a backdrop painted with a nature scene. From a fan, he conjures a costume, then a woman appears inside it. An assistant carries in a mannequin; they dress her and she suddenly comes alive. The magic continues: footmen bring in a sedan chair. He covers two seated women with scarves; when he removes the scarves, the women have traded places. The women, the magician, his assistant, and the footmen continue to appear and disappear, changing places and costumes. Then they all disappear, one into another. It's time for a curtain call. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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31 August 2009 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

This is a typical example of the filmed stage shows Melies made in abundance. The short film is lively and energetic and the breathless enthusiasm of Melies for his art is evident in every shot, but by 1905, with an increasing number of films telling stories, these kind of filmed magic shows were already beginning to look a little tired and passe. In this one Melies produces clothes and a woman from a glass box. He then dresses a mannequin in more clothes produced from the glass box and transforms it into a living woman. Then, after a couple of men carry a hansom cab onto the stage Melies places one woman in the cab and places a sheet over the other before magically making them swap places. It's all seamlessly done, but it's not magic it's trick photography - which pretty much makes the act redundant when you think about it.


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