An alchemist owns a pharmacy for the rich. His assistants play a trick on him and put a drug in his medicine, leading to ghostly visions experienced by the alchemist, who goes to a wizard ...
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In this hand-colored short, a magician and his assistant do a series of magic tricks, including making potted plants appear, among others. Melies played the magician, and the actor Manuel played his assistant.
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An alchemist owns a pharmacy for the rich. His assistants play a trick on him and put a drug in his medicine, leading to ghostly visions experienced by the alchemist, who goes to a wizard for help. The wizard brings forth a fairy who transforms the pharmacy to a candy shop for the poor. Written by
This film by the french filmmaker Georges Melies runs at 13 minutes and is included on the last disc of Flicker Alley's wonderful box set, 'Georges Melies: First Wizard of Cinema.' I can see there are no user reviews on this one yet, and that's because everybody just does not know what to make of it. And I didn't either until I read the summary online. The people on Flicker Alley could've put a card at the beginning, like they do on other films, but no. This is really confusing, but I'll summarize it as best I can.
Apparently this is a moral story about an alchemist who owns a pharmacy for the rich. His assistants play a trick on him and put a drug in his medicine, and when he takes a nap at the back of the pharmacy ( the drug probably made him sleepy ) he experiences some mysterious ghosts who terrify him ( some of them are played by the assistants; they try to cover them with the sheets but you still can tell the same actors were being used again ). His assistants tell him to go see a famous sorcerer who might be able to help him. The sorcerer brings forth a fairy who turns the pharmacy into a candy shop for the poor. The End.
Fans of the directer will want to watch this, but others new to Melies should go for shorter and less sophisticated stuff. The highlight of this is definitely the part with the mysterious phantoms.
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