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A Desperate Crime (1906)

Les incendiaires (original title)
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Desperately Needs to Be Found
20 March 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Desperate Crime, A (1906)

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aka Les Incendiaires

This Georges Melies film isn't complete but seven-minutes worth of it are included on the Flicker Alley set and it's a real shame that the entire thing hasn't been found. The film was apparently one of his longer ones as it features narration and the footage starts off as a thief is burning down a market that he has just robbed. Later footage has him being captured and then we see him locked up in prison. Some great footage also includes him dreaming about the guillotine and the real highlight is when his body is put on there and his head cut off. I was extremely shocked to see how terrific the effect was when it came time for the head to be cut off. I paid close attention to see the "edit" but it went past me twice. This entire sequence is wonderfully done and I can't even begin to imagine how people in 1906 must have felt seeing this. The effect is beautifully done and the follow-up is extremely well done too. Hopefully the entire film of this will eventually show up.


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