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A sign proclaims a demonstration of a new kind of "spiritualistic" photography. A man then enters, constructs a platform, and places a large picture frame on the platform. He then brings in a young girl, who stands in front of the frame, and he proceeds to demonstrate what his device can do. Written by
This Georges Méliès feature showcases an assortment of his trademark visual effects, in a simple but pleasant and fairly amusing setting. Méliès produced so many of these short features that sometimes you wonder how he never ran out of ideas. While he did often re-use the same camera tricks with different settings and details, he also seemed to keep coming up with original ideas as well. That is the case here, as some of the effects created by the "Spiritualist Photographer" are pretty creative.
The movie starts out with a stage show, as do a good number of Méliès features. This one features a performer advertising a new kind of photography, using a young girl as a subject. There is a good variety of camera effects, and they come in quick succession, almost creating their own narrative of sorts.
The visuals are clever and well-crafted, and entertaining as well. This one should be worthwhile for anyone who enjoys Méliès's movies.
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