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The Monster (1903)

Le monstre (original title)
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 »

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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 opportunity of gazing once more upon the features of his wife. The dervish accepts the offer. He brings in from a neighboring tomb the receptacle containing the remains of the princess. He opens it and removes the skeleton, which he places upon the ground close beside him. Then, turning to the moon and raising his arms outstretched toward it, he invokes the moon to give back life to her who is no more. The skeleton begins to move about, becomes animated, and arises. The dervish puts it upon a bench and covers it with a white linen; a masque conceals its ghostly face. At a second invocation the skeleton begins again to move, arises, and performs a weird dance. In performing its contortions it partly disappears in the ground. While performing its feats it increases gradually in size, its neck assuming ... Written by Lubin Catalog

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Skeleton Dance
13 May 2009 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

This is another typically macabre little number from visionary French pioneer Georges Melies which, while head and shoulders above the work of most of his contemporaries, is fairly inconsequential when compared to much of his output from the same year. It's a one-scene shot set against the sphinxes of Egypt and features the resurrection of a dead princess at the behest of an Egyptian prince. The princess's skeleton is removed from her coffin and brought to life by a magician. Shrouded in veils, she dances around manically for a while, performing unnatural contortions before turning back into a skeleton when her lovelorn prince attempts to kiss her. Enjoyable enough, but only average for Melies.


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