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The Cake-Walk Infernal (1903)

Le cake-walk infernal (original title)
Pluto, having seen the earth, comes back home amazed at the success of that well-known dance, the "cake-walk." He has brought back with him two noted well-known dancers, who start their ... See full summary »

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Pluto, having seen the earth, comes back home amazed at the success of that well-known dance, the "cake-walk." He has brought back with him two noted well-known dancers, who start their favorite dance amidst the flames. A queer and ugly being wishes also to join in the dance, but his limbs break away and dance far from him. All the subjects of His Majesty are seized with the irresistible mania for dancing, and start an unbridled provincial dance. At this sight Satan starts out of the earth a large blaze, which annihilates everything around him, disappearing himself through the flames. This view has beautiful new effects and much improves with colors. For the first time in a cinematograph view one can see some of the will-o'-the-wisp wandering among human beings. The effect is magical. Written by Méliès Catalog

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Infernal Cake-Walk, The
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Infernal Cake-Walk, The (1903)

*** (out of 4)

aka Le Cake-Walk Infernal

One of Melies best know films, this movie here takes place in Hell where various people and demons do a dance, which includes fire and magic. This here is certainly one of the director's catchiest films as it contains a rather wicked sense of humor as we see all these demons dancing around. The visual look of the film is very nice and the sets used are also very good. There's a great sequence with two demons fighting with fire and another great scene where a demon disappears from the screen. I wouldn't exactly call the dancing in the film good but it is catchy when mixed with everything else going on.


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