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Adventures of William Tell (1898)
*** (out of 4)
aka Guillaume Tell et le clown
A clown finds some body parts on the floor and puts them together building a man who eventually comes to life. This is a pretty good film from the great Melies and the special effects are nice but not among his greatest work. The editing is a lot more noticeable here than in other shorts so this takes some of the magic away but the film remains entertaining. The best sequence is when the man gets tired of the clown and just beats the pulp out of him. The effects here are much better done. There are plenty of laughs throughout and that charm of Melies is on full display.
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Watching this short film, which runs for slightly under a minute, I rather thought of the creation of Frankenstein's monster than of Guillaume Tell to be honest. If the title didn't suggest it I'd really have never considered the creature to be the Swiss national hero. Anyway, the short film is an okay watch at best. Méliès has done better and worse on many occasions. The possibly most interesting thing was the frequent use of stunt dolls in this one, especially during that scene where Tell literally beats the living crap out of the clown. I took me definitely by surprise. It must be one of the most violent scenes from movies of the 19th century. Of course there's a shooting or beheading here and there and some boxing footage, but this was entirely different and came almost out of nowhere.
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