Robert Macaire was a figure from 14th century France who, supposedly, committed a crime and the only witness against him was his dog. Now here is where it gets weird. He and the dog face off in combat and the dog wins--proving that Macaire was guilty. Now this film has NOTHING to do with this, but according to Wikipedia, Macaire was a common character in plays--and always as a criminal. In other words, while the name is the same, this isn't really supposed to be the Macaire from the 14th century.
In this case, Macaire and his friend, Bertrand, run about stealing (first at a restaurant and later robbing a safe)--after all, they are villains. When the police give chase, the pair find some costumes and disguise themselves. Then, you see a train arrive at the station. Which of these folks are the criminals? And, what happens to them? Well, see this short film for yourself if you'd like to know.
When you see the film, you see something pretty typical for a Georges Méliès production. The film was obviously filmed on stage and the props look like props from a play--very flat and cartoon-like. This may look pretty cheesy today--but it was common in 1907. The earthquake sequence is particularly quaint--as is their strange journey through the sky. You just have to see this one to know what I mean. Likewise, you really have to see the death scene! The film is cute, funny and silly--but certainly not one of the director's best. Genuinely odd!
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