One of the kings of ancient Thebes enters the abode of an astrologer and demands that he be told his future. The former utterly refuses to forecast the coming events of his sovereign, even ... See full summary »
A typical "chorus girl's meal ticket" prevails upon a stage hand to take a bouquet to her mon amour. The stage hand takes the bouquet with a wink; but once out of sight of the Johnnie, he ... See full summary »
The old granny reads to a little girl from a book, and between paragraphs she tells the child of the wonders of Fairyland. Then, the child tiring, she places it affectionately in bed, and ... See full summary »
A fairy godmother magically turns Cinderella's rags to a beautiful dress, and a pumpkin into a coach. Cinderella goes to the ball, where she meets the Prince - but will she remember to leave before the magic runs out?
Opens with a magician compressing something white in his hands. It transforms into a living dove. which is quickly deposited into a box sitting on a table behind the magician. In short ... See full summary »
This is a moving picture that moves. Positively the greatest magical picture ever offered. A Hindoo magician appears and dances for the entertainment of six pretty maidens. Then, to the ... See full summary »
A chemist in his laboratory places upon a table his own head, alive; then fixing upon his head a rubber tube with a pair of bellows, he begins to blow with all his might. Immediately the ... See full summary »
A bearded magician holds up a large playing card and makes it larger. He tears up a card of a queen, burns the torn bits, and a life-size Queen of Hearts card appears; then, it becomes ... See full summary »
The background of this picture represents a scene along the beautiful river Seine in Paris. A gentleman enters, and taking a blackboard from the side of the picture, he draws on it a sketch... See full summary »
One of the kings of ancient Thebes enters the abode of an astrologer and demands that he be told his future. The former utterly refuses to forecast the coming events of his sovereign, even under the pain of death; but he brings forth a priestess who possesses the powers of divination. This priestess is introduced in a wonderful way: a throne is brought forward, and then a box from which the pieces of a statue are removed and piled up in regular order; the statue suddenly becomes animated. The king implores the latter to foretell his life. She commands him to look through a telescope toward the side of the room. A vision appears, disclosing him seated upon a chair of state and surrounded by his court, when suddenly he falls to the floor, dead from assassination. The king is furious. He seeks to kill the astrologer, but his sword is of no avail against this master magician. A bag of gold is finally brought, and when this is delivered the curse is lifted. Written by
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An astronomer (Georges Melies) creates a telescope that when you look into it you can see your future. King Thebes decides to take a look at his future and doesn't exactly get what he bargained for. When Flicker Alley released their "Georges Melies: First Wizard of Cinema" collection they included the various fragments of the director's work. This here is sadly one of the films that only exists in a fragment and it's a shame because the thing looks to be quite a bit of fun. There's just under two-minutes of footage available but you get a pretty good idea of what the director was going for. Whatever creatures are shown on screen should entertain horror movie fans and film buffs will enjoy the special effects used for the telescope to "show" its images. Hopefully one day a complete version will be found but until then at least we have this to see.
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