John is one of a group of sightseers who loves the bottle a little too much. Too drunk to follow the party, the reeling drunkard remains on a ruin site where he starts having hallucinations... See full summary »
We are introduced to the interior of a vast cave and the Bogie Man, who commences to prepare a meal, first blowing his fire with large bellows. Then preparing an enormous frying-pan, he ... See full summary »
We are introduced to the banqueting hall of an old-time castle. Servitors stand awaiting the arrival of their master, who, appearing on the scene, throws his cloak to an attendant; ... See full summary »
A peddler of "the best glue" sets up his outdoor stall. A crowd gathers for a demonstration. As he gives his pitch, two observant cops decide drive off his customers and close him down, ... See full summary »
The scene opens in the bar of a saloon, showing the various stages of intoxication of its patrons. One of the manufactured articles is much further soused than his fellows and it requires ... See full summary »
An astronomer of age, wealth, and erudition conducts classes in his home. His students are not always respectful, and he suffers their pranks and high jinks. Then, at noon, everything ... See full summary »
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We're extremely lucky that any of Georges Melies work survived and if you look through his filmmography you'll notice that the majority of it is gone. This film from 1907 is sadly incomplete as it's only available in a two-minute fragment. The opening title card explains that a painter has just finished his work when his assistant comes in an accidentally drinks varnish. The film then picks up as the painter goes haywire and sends the assistant into the painting. It's really too bad that this film is incomplete because what's available is actually pretty good. The special effects we get to see are impressive for their time and I also thought there were some nice laughs to be had from the painter simply going nuts. The headless body joke was also a winner and I really would have liked to have seen where this joke would have gone.
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