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Jupiter's Thunderballs (1903)
"Le tonnerre de Jupiter" (original title)

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Brief "trick film" in which Zeus and two other gods romp with dancing girls on Olympian clouds.


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With godly entrapments, Zeus appears on the horizon, engages Hermes as an audience, and tries to throw some thunderbolts. They fizzle. Hephaestus tries to make some repairs but succeeds only in heating the bolts and burning Zeus's hands. Zeus conjures nine muses, but do their incantations help? He dismisses them as well as a visiting Pan, and his fits of pique become counter-productive. Can he get his powers back? Written by <>

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Short | Fantasy




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7 November 1903 (USA)  »

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19 July 2012 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

The French call it "Le tonnerre de Jupiter " (The Thunder of Jupiter), but the character herein uses his Greek name, Zeus. It appears on a representation of the sun, as the film opens. Zeus is the leader of all Gods and also the God of Thunder. He appears to have put on weight, and has trouble getting his thunder to work. If intentional, this is a good bit of characterization. A man appears and dances, but Zeus still can't summon thunder. Next, Zeus conjures up some women. They sing and dance. Special effects fire appears. More dancers appear. The narrative suffers near the end. It's possible some of the film is lost.

**** Le tonnerre de Jupiter (11/7/03) Georges Melies ~ Georges Melies

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