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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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Wonderful Living Fan
24 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

Wonderful Living Fan, The (1904)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

aka Le Merveilleux éventail vivant

Melies plays a conjurer putting on a show for a royal crowd. The big trick of the show involves a large box that, when unfolded, becomes a fan made up of seven women. The trick movie has some impressive scenes like Melies making the women change clothing but overall I found it rather dull and slow even at just over three minutes. This year would turn out to be a very big one for the director but you really wouldn't know it by watching this film.


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