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The Mysterious Retort (1906)
"Alchimiste Parafaragaramus ou La cornue infernale" (original title)

 |  Short, Fantasy, Mystery
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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 ... 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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Méliès At His Weirdest
3 December 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This short movie shows the visual effects wizard Georges Méliès at his weirdest, in a feature with a steady succession of bizarre and unexpected visual effects. He had quite an imagination, not only for devising camera tricks, but also for the images themselves.

There isn't really very much of a story to this movie, just a sleepy alchemist whose laboratory takes on a life of its own. Most of the visual effects are seamless or nearly so, and even those that aren't seamless are more than interesting enough to make up for it.

Some of the images are dazzling, some a little startling - it's a weird and very interesting collection of pictures and ideas that you have to see for yourself. You probably couldn't really call it one of the best Méliès features, but it's interesting and distinctive.


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