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 ...
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One of the greatest of black art pictures. The conjurer appears before the audience, with his head in its proper place. He then removes his head, and throwing it in the air, it appears on ... See full summary »
In this scene is shown a magician behind an ordinary table, upon which he suddenly and mysteriously causes to appear a large box, into which he leaps. The sides of the box fall to the ... See full summary »
A fairy godmother magically turns Cinderella's rags to a beautiful dress, and a pumpkin into a coach. Cinderella goes to the ball, where she meets the Prince - but will she remember to leave before the magic runs out?
A man sleeps fitfully then dreams that a lovely woman is sitting at the foot of his bed. He reaches to embrace her and she becomes a minstrel, then Pierrot. The clown gestures to the moon ... See full summary »
A smoker falls asleep, and two mischievious fairies play with his pipe. He discovers this, and imprisons them in a cigar box. He removes a flower from the box, which contains a fairy ... See full summary »
Showing the interior of a kitchen, with the cook trying to embrance and kiss the maid, who drops the dishes and runs away as she hears the proprietor approaching. The cook hides in a ... See full summary »
Two travellers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventuly experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil before he takes one of them down to hell and roasts him ... See full summary »
This film is a winner, it being one of the most laughable of mysterious picture ever made. An extremely lean man and an extremely fat man are engaged in a wrestling match. The lean man ... See full summary »
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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