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Tunneling the Channel (1907)

Le tunnel sous La Manche ou Le cauchemar franco-anglais (original title)
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SCENE I. At the Elysée Palace: The first scene is a sumptuous setting representing some state rooms of the beautiful residence in Paris of the President of France. King Edward of England ... See full synopsis »

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SCENE I. At the Elysée Palace: The first scene is a sumptuous setting representing some state rooms of the beautiful residence in Paris of the President of France. King Edward of England and President Fallières are sitting at a table playing cards and engaged in an animated conversation over the proposition of digging the much discussed, tunnel under the Channel between Dover and Calais. It is late in the evening. Before taking leave of one another, the President of France orders a bottle of wine. After their drinks, the two rulers retire, each to his bedroom. SCENE II. The Chamber of President Fallières: The view shows the bedroom of the President and that of King Edward, adjoining one another. Fallières, after bidding his royal guest good-night, prepares to make ready for bed. An imposing valet draws a curtain before the bed, and when he opens it again, the ruler of the French republic is seen comfortably stretched out on his gorgeous couch. SCENE III. The Room of King Edward: At ...

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Magical Little Film
16 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

Tunneling the Channel (1907)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

aka Le Tunnel sous la Manche ou le cauchemar anglo-français

This fourteen-minute film is the perfect example of the saying "The Magic of Melies." The French president and the English king have a meeting and then that night they both dream about building a tunnel to connect their beloved homes. We then see how the tunnel would be built and the final outcome of such an adventure. TUNNELING THE CHANNEL is a perfect film to show someone unfamiliar with what the French master could do because it's just so entertaining and the level of imagination going on will keep a smile on your face from start to finish. I think some of the greatest moments happen when we see the tunnel once it's finished and we get to see how it's going to be used. I really enjoyed the little touches that Melies brought to the picture including the fish in the water above the tunnel. I also really liked the special effects and especially the one at the very end, which I won't mention so that I don't give the surprise away. The film starts off in B&W but turns over to the hand tint and it's quite beautiful and very effective.


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