A man needs to get to Monte Carlo from Paris, but finds out that a train will take 17 hours to get there. He decides to go with a man with a special car, who claims that he can get there in just two hours. Complications ensue.
A bearded magician holds up a large playing card and makes it larger. He tears up a card of a queen, burns the torn bits, and a life-size Queen of Hearts card appears; then, it becomes ... See full summary »
The background of this picture represents a scene along the beautiful river Seine in Paris. A gentleman enters, and taking a blackboard from the side of the picture, he draws on it a sketch... See full summary »
In a public place in Constantinople at the corner of a bazaar, the executioner is seated upon a stone and is resting from his daily labors while eating a crust of bread. Suddenly there come... See full summary »
A man stands in front of a backdrop painted with a nature scene. From a fan, he conjures a costume, then a woman appears inside it. An assistant carries in a mannequin; they dress her and ... See full summary »
A poor but honest young man wins the hand of a beautiful Princess after facing a series of exciting adventures involving apparitions, cartwheeling skeletons, a dragon, and plump dancing girls from the Folies Bergere.
In this 1-minute fragment of a 4-minute original, a magician does some tricks with a die, including making it grow, spin and open up to reveal a giant bower of flowers, which in turn fall back to reveal a beautiful fairy.
A bearded man sits at the piano in his music room. In his exuberance, he falls from the piano stool more than once. He paces, baton in hand; he sits in a chair in the middle of the room, thinking of music. He nods off, and musicians appear at the call of his baton: first, an odalisque with a lyre, then other women, in diaphanous gowns, playing instruments, then five dancers. Jazzy notes appear above his head as dancers circle him and the women behind him play. His reveries give way to a cabaret worthy of the Moulin Rouge. What will he do when he wakes? Written by
Among the themes that Melies went through several times are those of someone who falls asleep, whether it be a ballet master, a clockmaker, or here, a composer. And while the composer's dreams comically range from an ethereal harpist to demons doing a cake-walk while chorines dance the can-can,there is always wistful undertone to them: why can't life be a little easier?
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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