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A traveler is shown to a room in an inn. After a brief dispute with the hostess and a porter, he is left to himself. But strange things begin to happen in his room, and before long he has created a disturbance that has everyone running to his room to find out what is going on. Written by
Very enjoyable but perhaps not that unusual for Georges Méliès
Georges Méliès was an early film genius. Whereas most of the early silent films were very dull when seen today because they featured very mundane subjects (such as babies eating or a puppy going for a walk), his films had real plots, sets and special effects. When seen today, many will either think his films were quaint or silly, but for the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this was the cutting edge of cinema.
This particular short is very similar to his other short, THE BLACK IMP--using many of the exact same film tricks. In this case, a man checks in to an inn and all kinds of crazy special effects are used to keep him from getting to sleep. However, despite the subject matter being a tad familiar, once again it is executed so well that you probably won't mind--especially as it is still very creative and funny. I particularly liked watching the boots walk up the wall, but all the crazy things that happened in this room at the inn are quite clever and engaging.
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