This shows a prince entering upon the stage of the King's private theatre. He is about to do a few mystifying tricks for the amusement of the court. Taking a large sheet of cardboard, he ...
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Through a rapid succession of drawings, ingenious disguises and soft dissolves, the director portrays a quick-sketch artist who transforms to various characters according to the static outlines on his chalkboard.
A Chinese conjurer stands next to a table, it becomes two tables. A fan becomes a parasol, lanterns appear and disappear. The conjurer spins the open parasol in front of himself, and a dog ... See full summary »
A weary clock-maker dozes off in a chair. While he is asleep, three women suddenly appear in the midst of his shop. They proceed to show the sleeping clock-maker some new kinds of clocks that they know how to make.
Scenes. 1. The Route to the Depths of Perdition (a Dazzingly Sensational New Effect.) 2. The Fantastical Ride. 3. The Gloomy Pass. 4. The Stream. 5. The Entrance to the Lower Regions. 6. ... See full summary »
In this 1-minute fragment of a 4-minute original, a magician does some tricks with a die, including making it grow, spin and open up to reveal a giant bower of flowers, which in turn fall back to reveal a beautiful fairy.
This shows a prince entering upon the stage of the King's private theatre. He is about to do a few mystifying tricks for the amusement of the court. Taking a large sheet of cardboard, he rolls it into the shape of a tube. Showing that it is entirely empty, he holds it over the table, and a figure is seen gradually coming into view; and before the eye can perceive the change we behold a beautiful Tyrol dancing girl standing on the table with the tube around her. Lifting the tube over her head, the prince assists her down from the table and she executes a tambourine dance. Then, placing a chair and a stool on the stage, he hypnotizes her. Drawing the tube over her he places her horizontally supported by the head and feet. She is next seen to fade away, only to reappear standing on the table. He takes her hand to assist her down. When she reaches the floor, we behold the princess in her place. The prince attempts to kiss her and finds that he is going to kiss the Tyrolese. Bidding her ... Written by
Melies plays a magician who pulls a man out from a magic box only to then turn him into a woman and vice versa. This is a pretty good film and one of the more popular ones from the director. There's really nothing overly special here but the special effects hold up quite well and there's a pleasant charm running throughout. Melies had done this type of film several times before but he makes the tricks here seem fresh and original. This isn't the best example of his work but it is a good starting place for newbies.
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