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The Devil and the Statue (1901)

Le diable géant ou Le miracle de la madonne (original title)
A magnificent Venetian oratory. On the left a large bay window through which may be seen the Grand Canal of the city of Venice. In the centre a colonnade and a hemicycle; to the right is a ... See full summary »

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A magnificent Venetian oratory. On the left a large bay window through which may be seen the Grand Canal of the city of Venice. In the centre a colonnade and a hemicycle; to the right is a statue of the Madonna. At the beginning of the scene Romeo in his gondola sings to Juliet a sentimental song, then goes away. Hardly has he departed when the colonnade falls to pieces, disclosing the devil. Juliet, frightened, runs to the window and calls Romeo. The latter attempts to enter and protect his fiancée, but at a gesture from the devil the window is instantly covered with a grating and Romeo makes frantic efforts to break it. The devil begins to dance a wild dance before Juliet, who is beside herself from terror. The devil gradually becomes the size of a giant (a novel effect). Juliet implores the statue of Madonna, which becomes animated, descends from its pedestal, and stretching out its arms orders the devil to disappear. The devil grows smaller and smaller and finally becomes a tiny ... Written by Méliès Catalog

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Melies Enjoyed the Devil
13 November 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It seems a woman is confined to a sort of garden area. She says goodbye to a young man and comes back in ecstasy. However, her delight is short lived. Through a door comes the devil. He is quite striking and goes into a really interesting dance. He also grows larger and large. Fortunately, for the young woman, there is a Christian statue that comes to life. I would recommend this, just for the devil-dance.


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