At the royal court, a prince is presenting the princess whom he is pledged to marry, when a witch suddenly appears. Though driven off, the witch soon returns, summons some of her servants, ... See full summary »
In a public place in Constantinople at the corner of a bazaar, the executioner is seated upon a stone and is resting from his daily labors while eating a crust of bread. Suddenly there come... See full summary »
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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
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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