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 »
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 gang of thieves lure a man out of his home so that they can rob it and threaten his wife and children. The family barricade themselves in an interior room, but the criminals are ... See full summary »
Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire. They leave the station with their horse drawn pumper, arrive on the ... See full summary »
George S. Fleming,
Edwin S. Porter
James H. White
A most interesting picture at the Pan-American Exposition. The picture was taken from the north side of the Electric Tower. It presents the most perfect and diversified views of the ... See full summary »
A gardener is watering his flowers, when a mischievous boy sneaks up behind his back, and puts a foot on the water hose. The gardener is surprised, and looks into the nozzle to find out why... See full summary »
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
Here's another very brief (4 min.) movie from the stage conjurer Georges Méliès, not as elaborate as his famous Trip to the Moon, but sweet and funny. The Magic Lantern features Punch and Pierrot, two painted Commedia Dell'arte clowns, cavorting in a child's bedroom with over-sized props. The clowns assemble an enormous magic lantern, place a candle inside it, and project moving images onto the wall. After viewing a selection of brief film clips, including a kissing couple, the clowns collapse the sides of the lantern to reveal a surprising number of dancing girls inside. (After all, if it's a Méliès film there must be chorus girls!) A vigorous dance is performed, and one spectacularly athletic brunette dancer seizes the moment and steals the show. At that point, a fight breaks out between Punch and Pierrot over the girl's affections. The other girls flee, and gendarmes arrive. I won't spoil the ending, but it's safe to say the cops soon regret their attempt to intervene.
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