A Chinese conjurer stands next to a table, it becomes two tables. A fan becomes a parasol, lanterns appear and disappear. The conjurer spins the open parasol in front of himself, and a dog ... See full summary »
This is a moving picture that moves. Positively the greatest magical picture ever offered. A Hindoo magician appears and dances for the entertainment of six pretty maidens. Then, to the ... See full summary »
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An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx. The prince promises him a vast fortune if the dervish will only give him the ... See full summary »
This Melies piece -- listed in the DVD release as "Le Marriage de Victorine" as opposed to the IMDb title -- is very much a slapstick chase in the mode of the period, as Victorine's flic boyfriend escapes from the kitchen and is pursued on rooftop by his unsuspecting fellow officers.
However, unlike the typical slapstick chase of the period in which people climb up sheer surfaces, setting gravity at naught, Melies and his company treat the forces of nature with greater respect as people slip down slate roofs and wind up impaled on iron fences.
In another four years, Mack Sennett in America -- who was already in the field, having written and starred in Griffith's production of THE CURTAIN POLE in 1908 -- would turn the entire field of slapstick upside down, but for the moment, this is a good entry in the genre.
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