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The Wizard, the Prince and the Good Fairy (1900)

Le sorcier, le prince et le bon génie (original title)
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There Must Be More to the Story Than The're Telling
13 March 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The prince breaks into the sorcerer's home and tries to do him in, to little effect. Melies uses his wonderful combination of stage and film magic, until a bunch of women -- presumably a band of good fairies -- come to the aid of the prince. You have some very fluid story-telling, wonderful effects and excellent acting for the period.

Melies and his competitor across the Channel, Walter Booth, would tell variations of this story many time, Booth in THE MAGIC SWORD and Melies would repeat it, most elaborately, in FEE CARABOSSE. However, there must be something wrong with me: I keep rooting for the bad guys!

This is one of the many previously lost or infrequently seen Melies pictures that have been made available by Serge Bromberg, David Shepherd and a myriad of other hands in the newly issued DVD set GEORGES MELIES: FIRST WIZARD OF CINEMA. Required viewing for anyone interested in the history of movies ..... and a lot of fun.


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