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The King and the Jester (1907)

François Ier et Triboulet (original title)
The scene opens with the jester being spurned by the king, who has evidently partaken of food which disagrees with him, and instead of being amused by the frolics of his jester he casts him... See full summary »

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The scene opens with the jester being spurned by the king, who has evidently partaken of food which disagrees with him, and instead of being amused by the frolics of his jester he casts him away. All the wiles of the jester fail to raise a smile. The king petulantly throws himself into his chair of state. The jester, finding his jokes falling flat, performs acrobatic feats to no effect; juggling with balls, no result; the king won't be pleased. The jester then gathers chairs and builds them up and outward. Ah! The king is at last interested, wondering why they don't fall over, and gets down to see. The jester, taking a pair of bellows, blows the chairs and they fall in a heap at the king's feet. The jester next puts the chairs away and tickles the king, who kicks him for his frivolity; then, getting down from his chair to again kick the jester, kicks air, for the jester has vanished, quickly appearing again out of a large box and laughing at his master, who again seats himself with a ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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25 January 1908 (USA)  »

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The Unfunny Jester
27 August 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

François Ier et Triboulet (1907)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

aka The King and the Jester

This Georges Melies film starts off fairly slowly but eventually picks up before the print itself goes out. In the film he plays an unfunny joker trying to impress the King but keeps failing to do so. With nothing to lose the joker decides to use some magic to have a woman float in the air. At just over four-minutes it takes a while for the entertainment to start up because we have to sit through a couple minutes of the joker being unfunny. It's not entertaining for the King and it's certainly not entertaining for the viewer. Things finally start to pick up once the woman enters the picture but this is where the print starts to go out (deteriation) and the pay-off to what's going on is hard to see. This was one of the Melies films that turned out over the past several years and it's too bad that the quality turns so bad but we're lucky to have a copy at all.


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