Two travellers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventuly experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil before he takes one of them down to hell and roasts him ... See full summary »
This shows a prince entering upon the stage of the King's private theatre. He is about to do a few mystifying tricks for the amusement of the court. Taking a large sheet of cardboard, he ... See full summary »
A bearded magician holds up a large playing card and makes it larger. He tears up a card of a queen, burns the torn bits, and a life-size Queen of Hearts card appears; then, it becomes ... See full summary »
An astronomer of age, wealth, and erudition conducts classes in his home. His students are not always respectful, and he suffers their pranks and high jinks. Then, at noon, everything ... See full summary »
Scenes. 1. The Route to the Depths of Perdition (a Dazzingly Sensational New Effect.) 2. The Fantastical Ride. 3. The Gloomy Pass. 4. The Stream. 5. The Entrance to the Lower Regions. 6. ... See full summary »
A weary clock-maker dozes off in a chair. While he is asleep, three women suddenly appear in the midst of his shop. They proceed to show the sleeping clock-maker some new kinds of clocks that they know how to make.
This here isn't your typical trick film from the French master as it's clear Melies wanted to make a religious picture and boy does he hit a home run. We see an elderly Jewish man having to walk throughout eternity for his role in the death of Christ. As the man walks we see Christ being led to his death as back in real time the old man is haunted by the Devil and eventually visited by an angel. I've seen well over a hundred films from Melies and it's clear the man made just about every type of movie imaginable but I was still shocked to see this one. As with a select few of his films, Melies used a narrator to help explain what was going on in terms of story and this narration was a nice touch as it actually helps the story move along (it's also important to remember that title cards weren't being used yet). I really thought the images contained some striking and surreal moments and especially the one where the old man sees Jesus heading towards the cross. Another powerful sequence is when he runs into the Devil who nearly beats him to death. The "message" of the film is quite loud and clear but it's never overly preachy and one can't help but be impressed by the storytelling.
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