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Le chevalier mystère (1899)

The conjurer appears at a blackboard and shows the head of a knight on it. He seizes the picture of the head, removes it from the blackboard, and it turns into life and bows and smiles ... See full summary »

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The conjurer appears at a blackboard and shows the head of a knight on it. He seizes the picture of the head, removes it from the blackboard, and it turns into life and bows and smiles apparently with a body being attached to it. The conjurer then seizes a sword and runs it completely through the head, entering at the neck and going right through the top of the skull. He then takes the head and places it upon a camera, which is mounted upon a tripod; then throwing a cloak around the legs of the tripod, the young lady to whom the head belongs appears instantly the cloak is removed, with head properly attached to her body. The conjurer then runs toward a door which stands in the middle of the wall, and making a jump in the air, vanishes into space. Written by Edison Catalog (1901)

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Mysterious Knight
28 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Mysterious Knight, The (1899)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

aka Le Chevalier mystere

Another magic show from director Melies has him playing a knight who draws a head on a chalk board and then brings it to life before attaching it to a body. This film runs just over a minute and while it's pretty good it really can't touch some of the director's better work. One of the special effects, the head through a sword, is somewhat botched but the disappearing acts are all well done as is the placing of the head on a body. If you're new to the director's work then you'll find this amusing but there are better films out there.


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