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A Nightmare (1896)

Le cauchemar (original title)
A man sleeps fitfully then dreams that a lovely woman is sitting at the foot of his bed. He reaches to embrace her and she becomes a minstrel, then Pierrot. The clown gestures to the moon ... See full summary »

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A man sleeps fitfully then dreams that a lovely woman is sitting at the foot of his bed. He reaches to embrace her and she becomes a minstrel, then Pierrot. The clown gestures to the moon that becomes huge and bites the dreamer's hand. In fright, the man punches the moon, which returns to his proper place in the sky, only to be replaced by all three visions - woman, minstrel, and Pierrot. Finally the man wakes, his bed a shambles. What to do now? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Georges Méliès: [moon] becomes anthropomorphic and tries to eat the main character, and is punched away by him See more »

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13 March 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Having discovered -- whether purposefully or, as the story would have us believe, accidentally -- the magical qualities of the cut and used it in the previous years ESCAMOTAGE D'UNE DAME CHEZ ROBERT-HOUDIN, Melies elaborated on it in this short in which a man suffers a series of terrible nightmares. As in the best of Melies, he can not only see his enormous creativity, but perceive his great sense of humor and appreciate his playfulness in the new medium. When they're doing Oscars for 1897, this gets my vote for best foreign film!

This is one of the many previously lost or infrequently seen Melies pictures that have been made available by Serge Bromberg, David Shepherd and a myriad of other hands in the newly issued DVD set GEORGES MELIES: FIRST WIZARD OF CINEMA. Required viewing for anyone interested in the history of movies ..... and a lot of fun.


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