Georges Méliès presents his version of Molière's classic play "L'avare" (The Miser). The brief fragments presents a greedy old man who keep turning down several people who come to him in ... See full summary »
Into a photography studio full of large fantastic machines steps an elderly couple. The bearded proprietor explains the equipment and gives them a demonstration: he starts machines whirring... See full summary »
We are introduced to the interior of a vast cave and the Bogie Man, who commences to prepare a meal, first blowing his fire with large bellows. Then preparing an enormous frying-pan, he ... See full summary »
John is one of a group of sightseers who loves the bottle a little too much. Too drunk to follow the party, the reeling drunkard remains on a ruin site where he starts having hallucinations... See full summary »
An astronomer of age, wealth, and erudition conducts classes in his home. His students are not always respectful, and he suffers their pranks and high jinks. Then, at noon, everything ... See full summary »
We are introduced to the banqueting hall of an old-time castle. Servitors stand awaiting the arrival of their master, who, appearing on the scene, throws his cloak to an attendant; ... See full summary »
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 »
As much as I adore Melies' work, the fantasy, the joy of performance, the sheer thought that had not Griffith come along and made such a strong show of Englishman George Smith's film grammar that we might today be looking at movies based on Melies' work.... well, when he wasn't playing to his strengths he was fairly weak. This is one of his weaker efforts directed without the loving precision and vivacity of his own performances: when one of the performers leans against a backdrop, you see it shimmy like the cardboard it is.
Gaumont and Pathe were moving in on him in France and this was the year Griffith would begin to turn the entire industry upside down. Soon that cardboard would rip.
This is one of the many previously lost or infrequently seen Melies pictures that have been made available by Serge Bromberg, David Shepherd and a myriad of other hands in the newly issued DVD set GEORGES MELIES: FIRST WIZARD OF CINEMA. Required viewing for anyone interested in the history of movies ..... and a lot of fun.
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