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Marvellous Egg Production (1902)
"La danseuse microscopique" (original title)

 |  Short  |  February 1903 (USA)
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This is an absolutely new and extraordinary subject. A juggler takes in succession about a dozen eggs out of his servant's mouth. He breaks all the eggs into a hat, and after having beaten ... See full summary »

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This is an absolutely new and extraordinary subject. A juggler takes in succession about a dozen eggs out of his servant's mouth. He breaks all the eggs into a hat, and after having beaten them up after the manner of a cook, he extracts an egg as large as the hat itself. As soon as he sets this egg on the table there appears a tiny dancing girl, full of life, as big as a baby's doll, and who performs on the table some beautiful stage dances. All of a sudden she increases to the size of a ordinary woman, and jumping on the floor she delights the audience with her turns. The juggler and the dancing girl disappear in the most extraordinary way. Written by Méliès Catalog

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The New Magic
14 March 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Melies began as a stage magician and his movies always show this influence and technique. However, he was certainly not averse to using cinematic magic even when the stage magician knew how to make these illusions without a stopped or masked camera. In this film, he uses film techniques to make eggs come out of his assistant's mouth and to make people switch places. The use of these techniques and their apparent ease must have had more effect on the audience of his day. They are still a lot of fun.

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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