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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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After seeing about three dozen of his films, this is the worst Méliès film I have seen
7 September 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This short silent film is part of the DVD collection entitled "The Magic of Méliès" and is the fourth volume of THE MOVIES BEGIN series from Kino Video. Unlike copies of Méliès' films that are posted on the internet, the prints for these short films are exceptionally crisp and clean and feature wonderful musical scores. Oddly, though, is that aside from a few films such as THE BLACK IMP and THE IMPOSSIBLE VOYAGE, most of the shorts chosen for this DVD are actually not among the best of Méliès' films--having a strong tendency to show is "stagy" material as opposed to the films that have elaborate sets and plots.

This silent short, like too many on the DVD, is just a stage magician's act that has been given a few less than inspiring camera tricks. In fact, of all these types of films I have seen from Méliès, this is the dullest and least inspired. It's too bad, as people watching this DVD might think Méliès was a "hack", but he made many fantastic films that never even got included (why, I have no idea).


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