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The Mermaid (1904)

La sirène (original title)
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A magician conjures up a mermaid while fishing.

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A man in a silk top hat stands in front of an empty aquarium. He pours water into his hat and goes fishing, hooking a small one. He becomes a hobo and catches more and more fish from the hat. Then he starts pulling out rabbits. The backdrop becomes the sea, and a mermaid appears. She flirts and beguiles us. The mermaid becomes a woman who leaves the sea and joins the magician, who becomes Neptune. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Mermaid
24 July 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Mermaid, The (1904)

*** (out of 4)

aka La Sirène

Once again Melies plays a magician who fills up an aquarium tank only to put some of the water into his top hot where he then goes fishing. The second part of the film deals with the title character who also appears out of no where. This is a pretty good little film that manages to have some nice laughs and some very good trick shots. Some of the special effects are obvious but there are others, like the one on one fishing scenes, that hold up very, very well. The mermaid stuff I didn't care too much for but the visual beauty is certainly there.


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