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13 June 1903 (USA) See more »
Pluto, having seen the earth, comes back home amazed at the success of that well-known dance, the "cake-walk."... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Georges Méliès ... Devil

Directed by
Georges Méliès 
Produced by
Georges Méliès .... producer
Film Editing by
Georges Méliès 
Production Design by
Georges Méliès 
Special Effects by
Georges Méliès .... special effects

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"Le cake-walk infernal" - France (original title)
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5 min
Black and White | Color (hand-colored)
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Another marvel from Melies, 11 May 2009
Author: JoeytheBrit from

It seems incredible to me that a filmmaker who was so far ahead of his peers in 1903 could fall so far behind them within the space of a decade. By 1912 or so Melies' career as a film-maker was over and he ended up selling sweets from a street kiosk for a living. And yet this film is so energetic and inventive, it leaves you wishing he hadn't found it so difficult to adapt as the movies evolved.

There's no story to this one as such, just a group of people dancing in various styles against a typically fantastic Melies background which is presumably presumed to be a vision of hell - although the set could easily have been used in Voyage to the Moon. I watched this on YouTube, and the soundtrack was played by a jazz quintet. It's remarkable how well the music suited the visuals and the soundtrack complements the astonishingly lively and kinetic capers on the screen. Definitely worth watching.

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