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The Fugitive Apparitions (1904)

Les apparitions fugitives (original title)
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5 March 1904 (USA)  »

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Minor Trick from Melies
25 August 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Les apparitions fugitives (1904)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

aka The Fugitive Apparitions

This is a decent little film from Georges Melies that once again features him playing a magician. In the film he uses a see through clothe to bring a man into the picture and for the rest of the movie he makes this man disappear and eventually turn into a movie. One of the biggest tricks happen when he places the man in a chair, Melies gets in another and the two magically swap places. Melies made a lot of trick films in his career and this one here isn't nearly the worst but then again it's no where near his best either. This here is pretty much middle-ground stuff as the tricks really aren't that special and they're even more obvious than some of the director's better work. I thought the trick photography was rather poorly done here as the tricks were a lot more obvious than many of the film that he was making nearly a full decade earlier. What really makes the film work is the performance of Melies who is as energetic as you could hope for.


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