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In the Bogie Man's Cave (1907)
"La cuisine de l'ogre" (original title)

 |  Short  |  18 January 1908 (USA)
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We are introduced to the interior of a vast cave and the Bogie Man, who commences to prepare a meal, first blowing his fire with large bellows. Then preparing an enormous frying-pan, he ... See full summary »

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We are introduced to the interior of a vast cave and the Bogie Man, who commences to prepare a meal, first blowing his fire with large bellows. Then preparing an enormous frying-pan, he places therein all kinds of vegetables, flour, etc., finishing up with a bucket of water. This is not enough to satisfy his bogieship, so he calls for a captive boy, who appears, and on being told he is to become food for the bogie, begs hard for his life. All in vain, the bogie seizes him, carries him to the kneading board and proceeds to chop him into mincemeat, which he adds to the contents of the frying-pan, stirring the whole with a ladle, tasting to learn its progress. While it is cooking he takes a look, draws his chair to the fire and commences to read, after a while he becomes drowsy and falls asleep. Then a peculiar thing happens. From the smoke of the frying-pan a fairy emerges, waving her wand. There appear, one after the other, four gnomes, then following them four white rabbits, followed ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Decent Trick Film
16 August 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

In The Bogie Man's Cave (1908)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

aka La cuisine de l'ogre

The title pretty much tells you the setting as an elder wizard is cooking up some sort of potion in his cave. He goes to take a nap and while sleeping various creatures come out of the pan. This is yet another trick film from the French master George Melies and this one here really does feel as if you've already seen it one time too many and this film just doesn't bring anything new to the table. The biggest problem is the fact that we've seen this type of film so many previous times by Melies and the director simply doesn't do anything new here. Sure, as it stands this is a mildly entertaining film but there's still no getting around the fact that at least one thing could have been done differently to make you feel as if you were watching something fresh. If you're unaware of the director's work then you might find it entertaining but I'd recommend checking out some of his better films.


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