Two travellers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventuly experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil before he takes one of them down to hell and roasts him ... See full summary »
A traveler is shown to a room in an inn. After a brief dispute with the hostess and a porter, he is left to himself. But strange things begin to happen in his room, and before long he has ... See full summary »
"In the opening of this film is seen the astronomer intently poring over his books. Suddenly, in a cloud of smoke, Satan appears and surprises the astronomer. At the command of the Fairy ... See full summary »
An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx. The prince promises him a vast fortune if the dervish will only give him the ... 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 »
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 chemist in his laboratory places upon a table his own head, alive; then fixing upon his head a rubber tube with a pair of bellows, he begins to blow with all his might. Immediately the ... See full summary »
Another lively and inventive little film from French wizard Georges Melies which shows that his talents weren't limited to special effects extravaganzas. The story is filled with slapstick comedy involving, by its' final scene, around a dozen characters. It's very well done with something going on in various parts of the screen at all times so that, despite it being a one-scene film, you need to watch it a couple of times to catch everything that happens. Actually, it isn't quite one scene: there is a hidden cut shortly after three men have climbed onto a narrow veranda to enter an upper storey window. The veranda breaks under their weight but, once they are all inside the building, is suddenly intact again.
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