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Unexpected Fireworks (1905)

Un feu d'artifice improvisé (original title)
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After a drunkard falls asleep on a street some thieves rob him, then wake him up using fireworks.

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The worst Melies film I have seen
15 March 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I love Melies works, but this one, in which some toughs rob a drunk and then set off a bunch of fireworks to wake him from his efforts to sleep it off, is the worst one I have seen. There are some lovely acrobatics involved, but, alone among all his works, it lacks all sense of charm. Ay wheel, even Jove nods and it's good to see a Melies picture, good bad or indifferent.

This is one of the many previously lost or infrequently seen Melies pictures that have been made available by Serge Bromberg, David Shepherd and a myriad of other hands in the newly issued DVD set GEORGES MELIES: FIRST WIZARD OF CINEMA. Required viewing for anyone interested in the history of movies ..... and a lot of fun.


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