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The Drawing Lesson (1903)

La statue animée (original title)
In a corner of the garden we see an ornamental fountain. An old professor comes along, looking for a nice spot where he can teach his pupils. Finding the fountain to his liking he goes ... See full summary »

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In a corner of the garden we see an ornamental fountain. An old professor comes along, looking for a nice spot where he can teach his pupils. Finding the fountain to his liking he goes after his scholars. A mysterious person who has noticed the old man, by means of a balloon, a handkerchief and a coat, constructs a peculiar figure, doing a lot of tricks at the same time. The professor returns with his class and all prepare for work, when, at the sign of the juggler, the statue comes to life, makes fun of the professor and finally is transformed into a fountain surmounted by a dolphin, throwing up streams of water. The unlucky professor loses his balance, tumbles into the water and gets a shower bath while the pupils sketch the scene. A most laughable subject. Written by Lubin Catalog

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The Drawing Lesson
26 April 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Drawing Lesson, The (1903)

** (out of 4)

aka La Statue Animee

Lesser film from the famous director has him playing a painting who uses various objects turn create a woman. There's really nothing overly special in this film, although the special effects hold up quite nicely after all these years. The magic of Melies, as they call it, really isn't displayed to much here as the film comes off pretty boring within its three-minute running time. The usual laughs and thrills that come with the director's best films are missing here and in the end there's really no need for anyone to seek this out unless they must see all of the director's films.


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