John is one of a group of sightseers who loves the bottle a little too much. Too drunk to follow the party, the reeling drunkard remains on a ruin site where he starts having hallucinations... See full summary »
An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx. The prince promises him a vast fortune if the dervish will only give him the ... See full summary »
A gang of thieves lure a man out of his home so that they can rob it and threaten his wife and children. The family barricade themselves in an interior room, but the criminals are ... See full summary »
A girl in a short Belle Epoch chorus outfit stands in a small circus ring with a flat of a fancy entrance way with portieres. Into frame steps an enormous fat pig of about 6 feet in height.... See full summary »
The story, while not biographical, is founded on incidents in his life, showing his devotion for his sick wife, Virginia. Desperate from his utter helplessness to ameliorate his dying ... See full summary »
Clara T. Bracy
In front of a windowless, soot-blackened brick wall on a snowy evening, a young girl wearing one shoe, a dress, and apron, tries to sell matches. She has no buyers. A cheeky lad comes by ... See full summary »
Some flics throw an elegantly dressed man into an empty prison cell. He proceeds to pull out all the furnishings needed to provide him some creature comforts, including a handsome young lady. How it all turns out.... well, the title tells it all.
Here we have a fairly late version of Melies' single most imitated film, THE HAUNTED CASTLE, which he remade a dozen times. As always, the piece is a matter of pure magic, both of the stage and film variety, although it is mostly the film variety in this version, enhanced the stage presence he developed in his years as a magician and manager-owner of the Theatre Robert-Houdin, founded by probably the most famous stage magician of the 19th Century, so well-known that Houdini chose a close variant for his stage name.
And even though the title gives it away, it's always a pleasure to watch Melies do this sort of film.
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