A human skeleton is placed upon a table by an attendant. When the attendant leaves the room the skeleton begins kicking his legs and throwing his arms about and suddenly turns into a ... 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 »
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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