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The Devil and the Statue (1901)
"Le diable géant ou Le miracle de la madonne" (original title)

 |  Short, Fantasy  |  April 1903 (USA)
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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 ... 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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Devil And The Statue, The
1 April 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Devil And The Statue, The (1901)

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aka Le Diable géant ou le miracle de la madone

A woman is alone in her bedroom when a statue blows up and the devil himself pops out. This here is a pretty disappointing film from the director because not much happens throughout it. The devil appears in a pretty good sequence but after that he just chases the girl around with nothing happening. There's no magic on display and there's really very little action and how they get rid of the devil is also pretty standard stuff. This certainly isn't one of the director's high points.


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