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Brahmin And The Butterfly, The (1901)
** 1/2 (out of 4)
aka La Chrysalide et le papillon
Georges Melies plays a man who uses a flute to lure a huge worm like creature out into the open where it is captured, put into a bad and transformed into a beautiful woman with wings. This is a somewhat bland short from Melies simply because it's Melies. Had this film been done by any other director of the era then I'd probably give it more credit but considering the talent of Melies the film comes off rather simple, lazy but still someone enjoyable. There's nothing too special with the magic tricks and what we see on screen appears quite simple when compared to some of the director's other films.
A Brahmin brings what looks like a cocoon onto the stage. He takes out his flute and begins to play. This causes a huge caterpillar to come toward him. He takes the caterpillar and puts it into the cocoon. Soon a lovely woman with wings rises out of the cocoon. She flies around for a while and then comes down to the ground. She is now a woman. What struck me is the interesting artistry of the the set. Melies was wonderful at setting his scenes. There is always a wild mass of almost surreal background.
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