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The Magic Lantern (1903)

La lanterne magique (original title)
In this brief "trick film" two clowns assemble an enormous magic lantern which first projects moving images, then emits dancing girls.

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Two impish clowns construct a magic lantern. They prop it up at an angle, and use it to project pictures onto a wall. When the picture show ends, they open up the lantern to reveal a group of dancing girls inside - and this is only the first of the indications that this lantern really is magical. Written by Snow Leopard

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27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Magic Lantern, The (1903)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

aka La Lanterne magique

Two clowns create a magic lantern (more like a projector), which allows them to see what they're doing on the outside world. When the open the lantern seven women jump and and the film turns to song and dance. The most interesting aspect of this film is the early use of projecting one image onto the same scene in a movie. This wasn't the first time this trick had been done but it looks very good here. The film runs just under five minutes, which is actually too long because the second half of the film, dealing with the dancing, is all rather boring. For those new to the director this is probably one you should keep for later.


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