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The Wonderful Living Fan (1904)
"Le merveilleux éventail vivant" (original title)

 -  Short | Fantasy  -  7 May 1904 (USA)
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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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Some Decent Visual Effects, Only Mildly Interesting Overall
28 October 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Though hardly one of the best or most interesting Méliès features, this short feature has, as most of his movies do, some visual effects that demonstrate creativity and technical skill. The material itself is only mildly interesting at best, so the main reason for watching it would be to look at a small sample of the kinds of camera tricks used by the great cinema pioneer.

The story simply shows a conjurer, who is demonstrating a magical folding fan to an appreciative audience. The visual tricks are a little uneven, but the best of them are done nicely. When Méliès's ideas work, they are more convincing and interesting than the kind of computer-generated imagery that is so overused at the present. It's not really all that hard to tell when an image has been generated with real objects, and when it was done by a computer trick.

This feature would not be among the Méliès films most worth seeking out, and it would only be worth seeing for those who already take a real interest in the pioneers of cinema. But for those who are interested, it can be rather entertaining just to rummage through even the less impressive of Méliès's shorts.


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