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The Wonderful Living Fan (1904)

Le merveilleux éventail vivant (original title)
The king of France receives a marvelous fan. The fan opens to reveal plain lace. This lace becomes pictures of women which then come to life an move in unison as their clothing changes.

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As a conjurer awaits an audience, a procession announces the arrival of a royal representative, carried in a sedan chair, to see him. The conjurer then has a large box brought in. It is opened, revealing a very large folding fan. When the fan is spread out, the designs on it begin to change and move. And this is far from the last of the surprises that the conjurer has in store. Written by Snow Leopard

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Pretty victorian film
21 March 2000 | by (Gainesville, FL) – See all my reviews

I watched this as one of the shorts on The magic of Melies video cassette released by Kino on Video, 1994. Image quality was good. Music matched the mood of the film. No color was added. Cropping did not appear to interfere with the film. Frame speed appeared to be adjusted. This should give an idea of the technical quality of the release I watched.

Watching this short was like watching an elaborate mechanical toy. I particularily liked the part where the fan box opens. It was smooth and mechanical.

I recommend this to those interested in late victorian culture. It dates to this time period, and helps to give an idea of the spirit of the times. It also includes early examples of dissolves, as the ladies costumes change, and the fan comes to life.


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