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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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Dance Macabre
20 July 2012 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

As a few female dancers flow back and forth, the curtain rises on a what looks like it could be Hell. Male demons arise and do an acrobatic dance, which includes some special effects fire from magical filmmaker George Melies. A leader devil appears, likely he is played by Mr. Melies. More dancers and special effects fire appear. Taking center stage for a spell is a dancing couple appearing in what looks like "blackface". Other dark-skinned beings appear, with big white eyes. More demons and special effects fire appear. Before the finale, the head devil has a solo dance, which shows off his ability to lose and regain his limbs.

*** Le cake-walk infernal (6/13/03) Georges Melies ~ Georges Melies


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