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The Mysterious Retort (1906)

Alchimiste Parafaragaramus ou La cornue infernale (original title)
| Short, Fantasy, Mystery
A wizard sleeps at a table in his well-appointed sitting room. From a drawer in the table, a snake appears. The snake begins a series of transformations: he becomes a jester, a spider, and ... See full summary »

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A wizard sleeps at a table in his well-appointed sitting room. From a drawer in the table, a snake appears. The snake begins a series of transformations: he becomes a jester, a spider, and a woman. Each approaches the wizard as he sleeps. Each also works its magic on a glass vial on the wizard's table. Soon the vial has grown in size and is full of a bubbling liquid. The wizard wakes, the vial explodes. Who emerges victorious from the spells and dreams? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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an early wizard movie
30 June 2002 | by (netherlands) – See all my reviews

very nice fantasy movie with good special effects for its time, the spider in the glass vial is very funny and well done,also when the vial spit fireworks into a tun a ghost appears is a great moment in this short fantasy with some horror influence.


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