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This is a rather strange subject matter for someone like Georges Melies to be telling and the end result is certainly disappointing. The film tells the famous French play of criminals Robert Macaire and Bertrand who go on a major robbing spree while four policemen try to catch them. That's pretty much the entire story as we see the men rob one bank/location, the police show up late and chase them and then we happen to the next location where the same thing keeps happening again and again. I'm really not sure what attracted Melies to a story like this but I think he deserves every bit of the blame because of what he does with the story. The film runs just over 10-minutes and for the majority of the running time the police look as if they influenced the Keystone Cops. They are played for complete fools as they fall over one another and in all reality they can't do a single thing right. The crooks really aren't any better but I think this aspect has more to do with some of the weak performances rather than just the director going for some sort of slapstick. The film even manages to turn into a bit of science-fiction with the ending, which I won't ruin here. I must admit that this film bored me from the first minute and things sadly never picked up any. It is worth noting that Melies shot some of this on an exterior location and I believe this is the first film that I've seen where he did that.
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