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Damnation of Faust (1898)

La damnation de Faust (original title)
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Darkly lit example of Méliès wonderful trick photography
19 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

The version that I saw of this was dark, nearly completely blacked out in some instances. Méliès' version of the tale of Faust, being snatched up by Satan and dragged off to Hell. After impressive effects (for their day) of the ground opening up, and caves giving way to more caves and , eventually, Hell itself, he is forced to watch various horrors, as people dance in firey caves, and a bizarre head with many limbs floats about, in this strange, hallucination-like short film from 1898.

At times, this looks like solarised black-and-white photography, which both helps it and hinders it, giving it a unique, and even creepier look than it would have already- yet it also makes it difficult to figure out a lot of Méliès wonderful trick photography and gimmicks.


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