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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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 »
The background of this picture represents a scene along the beautiful river Seine in Paris. A gentleman enters, and taking a blackboard from the side of the picture, he draws on it a sketch... See full summary »
A bearded magician holds up a large playing card and makes it larger. He tears up a card of a queen, burns the torn bits, and a life-size Queen of Hearts card appears; then, it becomes ... See full summary »
A combination gambling den and bawdy house is set up so that croupiers, patrons, prostitutes, and the owner can quickly change it all into a mercantile establishment when the cops stage a ... See full summary »
In a public place in Constantinople at the corner of a bazaar, the executioner is seated upon a stone and is resting from his daily labors while eating a crust of bread. Suddenly there come... See full summary »
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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