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Up-to-Date Spiritualism (1903)
"Spiritisme abracadabrant" (original title)

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In this subject a "comique eccentric" enters the drawing room inhabited by spirits. He tries to take off his coat and hat, but these garments return to his head and shoulders as soon as he takes them off. The chairs, his umbrella, his hat, etc., fly away in different directions and by various methods. Written by Star Film Catalog (1903)

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You Can't Turn Your Back on Them
13 March 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Melies most frequently imitated piece -- including by him -- was his L'AUBERGE MYSTERIEUSE. Here, wearing a comic outfit, he enters a room, to be devilled by unseen spirits which move things around, steal his hat and generally make him want to leave the room. It's all done with Melies' usual flair and good humor and if it's only a variation, it's a wonderful one.

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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