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The Genii of Fire (1908)

Le génie du feu (original title)
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Fighting Fire With Fire
16 March 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This piece marks a return to form for Melies' story films after several comparatively weak ones in 1907 -- he seems to have been concentrating on the business end of things and leaving matters in the hands of subordinates while Pathe and Gaumont were spending money to eat up his market. Here, however, we have his amazing compositions, back flats that have full dimensionality and some truly fantastic images -- he seems to have added purer tableaux technique to his shots. But how much longer could he stand off the better-financed studios?

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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