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A Mesmerian Experiment (1905)

Le baquet de Mesmer (original title)
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Not Horrid But the Director Has Better
25 August 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Le baquet de Mesmer (1905)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

aka A Mesmerian Experiment

A magician (Georges Melies) pours some water into a large barrel and he sets it on fire and soon lovely ladies come out of it. The ladies line up and do a dance for the viewer before the magician puts them back into the barrel. A MESMERIAN EXPERIMENT is decent enough but I'd say it's only recommended to those, such as myself, who must see every available film from the master Melies. The one added benefit to be had here is that it's a good example of the hand tinting that happened every so often in these early movies. I was really impressed with the quality of the colors as they all looked quite good. The print was a tad bit faded but this really didn't take away from the color that still managed to shine through. The dance that the women do is fairly boring and even the magic tricks aren't nearly as good as we're used to seeing. Still, fans of Melies will want to check this out but new folks would be best served to watch one of his classics first.


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