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A Crazy Composer (1906)

Le compositeur toqué (original title)
A composer alone in his music room has a better imagination while asleep than awake.

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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made Of
15 March 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

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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