A combination gambling den and bawdy house is set up so that croupiers, patrons, prostitutes, and the owner can quickly change it all into a mercantile establishment when the cops stage a ... See full summary »
A wizard sleeps at a table in his well-appointed sitting room. From a drawer in the table, a snake appears. The snake begins a series of transformations: he becomes a jester, a spider, and ... See full summary »
Two travellers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventuly experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil before he takes one of them down to hell and roasts him ... See full summary »
A man needs to get to Monte Carlo from Paris, but finds out that a train will take 17 hours to get there. He decides to go with a man with a special car, who claims that he can get there in just two hours. Complications ensue.
Another of Melies dreams of an easier life as a poor chimney sweep -- recall if you will, that this dirty and dangerous task was performed by children who could fit into cramped, sooty chimneys -- falls asleep and dreams he is clean, caparisoned in rich clothes and seated on a throne, where officers and courtiers dance for his delight. Melies' subtext is not at all subtle here, but it is no less powerful a plea for an end to child labor for that. A clear example of the fact that fantasy allows us to examine those issues which straight fiction is too harsh or nuanced for clarity.
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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