The opium fiend is seen in a den, puffing on this terrible narcotic. He then falls fast asleep and dreams that he is at home with his wife. He asks for something to drink and he is given ... See full summary »
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.
Georges Méliès presents his version of Molière's classic play "L'avare" (The Miser). The brief fragments presents a greedy old man who keep turning down several people who come to him in ... See full summary »
A wizard sleeps at a table in his well-appointed sitting room. From a drawer in the table, a snake appears. The snake begins a series of transformations: he becomes a jester, a spider, and ... See full summary »
A man comes home to discover that two burglars have broken into his quarters. Before he can chase them off, everyone has gone through a measure of indignity.
Technically this Melies piece shows some advances in cutting as the scene shifts from one room to another and back again. However, the story telling is not so good as his other pieces, as everyone has some havoc wreaked on them, nor are the acrobatics so amusing as they have been previously. Perhaps this is due to this being a second unit or perhaps ramping up production to compete with Pathe and Gaumont was beginning to take its toll.
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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