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The Enchanted Sedan Chair (1905)
"La chaise à porteur enchantée" (original title)

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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 ... 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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The Enchanted Sedan Chair (Melies)
20 March 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Enchanted Sedan Chair, The (1905)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

aka La Chaise à porteurs enchantée

Typical trick film from the French master has him once again playing a magician who performs a special trick. We see a clear glass case with nothing it in but soon a woman appears and this is just the start of the film. This trick film isn't really anything special especially when you compare it to the other works that Melies did around this time as well as similar themed films from his past. The trick shot of the woman appearing was pretty good but everything that followed with the cab was pretty bland. I'm sure Melies die-hards will want to check this one out but there are much, much better films out there from him.


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