Into a photography studio full of large fantastic machines steps an elderly couple. The bearded proprietor explains the equipment and gives them a demonstration: he starts machines whirring... See full summary »
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 »
One of the kings of ancient Thebes enters the abode of an astrologer and demands that he be told his future. The former utterly refuses to forecast the coming events of his sovereign, even ... See full summary »
A poor but honest young man wins the hand of a beautiful Princess after facing a series of exciting adventures involving apparitions, cartwheeling skeletons, a dragon, and plump dancing ... See full summary »
Two guards bring a sorcerer into the hall of a palace of the time of the Middle Ages. The king who follows them orders the sorcerer to be chained and to be condemned to death for his ... See full summary »
A man in a silk top hat stands in front of an empty aquarium. He pours water into his hat and goes fishing, hooking a small one. He becomes a hobo and catches more and more fish from the ... See full summary »
The opium fiend is seen in a den, puffing on this terrible narcotic. He then falls fast asleep and dreams that he is at home with his wife. He asks for something to drink and he is given ... See full summary »
A group of people attend a show where the highlight is a couple people doing tricks on roller skates. It looks easy enough so the group all buy roller skates and take them home where it doesn't take long for stuff to get broken from all the falls. This here really appears to be another later day film where the director was trying to expand the running time and fit the need for longer movies. At just 7-minutes this is still quite short by today's standards but back when this was released the French director was going from shorter movies to these here, which ran a bit longer. Sure, Melies had epic, longer running films throughout his career but for those he actually had a story to tell. With this film, and several others, it really does feel like a one joke movie that could have worked within a few minutes but when you stretch it out it just becomes flat. The "comedy" of seeing an obese fan trying to roller skate was mildly amusing but overall the film is lacking any real laughs. There are bits and pieces just thrown in for no reason and it appears the only purpose was to expand the running time. This is far from a bad movie but it's no where near a good one from Melies.
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