The scene opens in an artist's studio where the unfinished statue of William Tell stands upon a pedestal. A clown appears and sticks a clay arm and clay head on the statue, thus completing ... See full summary »
In this scene is shown a magician behind an ordinary table, upon which he suddenly and mysteriously causes to appear a large box, into which he leaps. The sides of the box fall to the ... See full summary »
One of the greatest of black art pictures. The conjurer appears before the audience, with his head in its proper place. He then removes his head, and throwing it in the air, it appears on ... See full summary »
A man sleeps fitfully then dreams that a lovely woman is sitting at the foot of his bed. He reaches to embrace her and she becomes a minstrel, then Pierrot. The clown gestures to the moon ... See full summary »
A weary traveler stops at an inn along the way to get a good night's sleep, but his rest is interrupted by odd happenings when he gets to his room--beds vanishing and re-appearing, candles ... See full summary »
About a half dozen passengers, a clergyman, a captain and boson are aboard a sea tossed vessel. As it lurches several of the passengers are sea-sick and throwing up into bowls held by other... See full summary »
Three divers are seen at the bottom of Havana Harbor. One is climbing down a rope ladder, One is removing debris, and the third is inside the ship removing a body. Two divers tie the lifeless form to a line and send to the surface while the third removes a heavy case from the wreckage the begins climbing the ladder to the surface. Written by
Melies always kept the American market in mind when he made film and early on sent his brother to New York to open up an office. where said brother produced westerns for the company. He liked to employ Francis Ford, who later became a big star and gave his brother Jack his start.... who became John Ford. So the link from Georges Melies to John Wayne is not that far.
I don't think that Melies did this one through double-exposure. I think he put a thin fish tank in front of his actors and chivvied the fish back and forth -- including at least one goldfish.
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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