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Not Guilty (1908)

Anaïc ou Le balafré (original title)
Three marauders are plotting to raid a little family, and eventually they are seen lurking around the house. The young daughter is alone and they pounce upon her, binding and gagging her ... See full summary »

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Three marauders are plotting to raid a little family, and eventually they are seen lurking around the house. The young daughter is alone and they pounce upon her, binding and gagging her securely. Then they seize the family savings, which are concealed in a kettle, and are about to leave, when the servant enters, but he is quickly disposed of as are also both parents and the villains, who are residents of the village, make off, first, however, throwing in the girl's eyes a concoction which blinds her. At this juncture the girl's sweetheart enters, and for a moment stands aghast at the scene which confronts him. Not knowing just what to do, he picks up one of the bloody knives, and as he is gazing at it the police dash into the house and he is immediately seized and carried off, protesting his innocence. Meanwhile the girl is led out of the house, where a kindly old gentleman, seeing her plight, administers a drug to her which restores her eyesight immediately. The innocent man, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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22 September 1908 (USA)  »

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Released in the US as a split reel along with A Tricky Painter's Fate (1908). See more »

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Decent Melies Film
20 August 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Not Guilty (1908)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

aka Anaïc ou le balafré

This Georges Melies melodrama is certainly a major step up from many of the films that he was making during this period of his career. Three masked men break into a home a kill a couple people. A man who lives at the house finds the bodies but when his neighbors break in they think he's the man who has committed the crimes. NOT GUILTY is not a good film by any stretch of the imagination but I thought it at least showed the director could tell a story and make it somewhat entertaining. Clocking in at ten-minutes, the film actually never feels long as Melies appears to be handling the actors quite well and the performances are better than I expected. I will also add that the director seems to have had a little more energy with this film compared to some others that he did in 1908. I think the film could have started off better because the first few scenes really don't make much sense and looking back on them I'm really not sure they added anything to the story. Still, Melies fans should enjoy this one but if you're new to the director then it might be best to check out some of his earlier work.


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