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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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Ewww. Bad print....
20 September 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The French title for this is "Francois Ier et Triboulet". So apparently the king from the title is Francois I--the famous renaissance king who was Henry VIII's rival and DaVinci's BFF.

This is a five minute short film from Georges Méliès. Like most of his films, Méliès himself appears in the movie--as the jester. He bounces about and tries to entertain the king. However, Francois appears bored by all this. But, when the jester brings out a pretty lady (in 1907 clothing, by the way), the king takes notice! Then, the jester goes about doing the usual Méliès stuff--magic (as he was a stage magician before turning to films).

Sadly, the final portion of the film is HORRIBLY degraded and it would be great if they would one day find a better copy. As is, the ending is a mess. Worth seeing, but not one I'd really strongly recommend--mostly due to the print.


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