The picture opens showing a gentleman in full evening dress costume. Removing his opera hat and cloak, he leaves the hat on the table and by a few passes causes it to assume immense ... See full summary »
When this picture opens, you see a large book mounted on an easel. An old student is seen poring over old manuscripts when he advances toward the book, and by the aid of some mysterious ... See full summary »
A man wishing to catch a train, and having left himself none too much time to do so, rises from his couch and proceeds to don his garments. These, however, change in a most fearful manner, ... See full summary »
A magnificent Venetian oratory. On the left a large bay window through which may be seen the Grand Canal of the city of Venice. In the centre a colonnade and a hemicycle; to the right is a ... See full summary »
A man comes onto the stage through the fireplace, divides himself, and sits on stools on either side of a table. He places a woman's head on the table and a hat on her head. She speaks to ... See full summary »
Showing the interior of a kitchen, with the cook trying to embrance and kiss the maid, who drops the dishes and runs away as she hears the proprietor approaching. The cook hides in a ... See full summary »
This is just a little technical jeu d'esprit by Méliès but it has a certain context. "Géant et nain" (Méliès had deliberately reversed the tile although this has a slightly clumsy sound in French this way round, just as it would in English) was the title of a vaudeville act (a comic wrestling routine) featuring two clowns, les frères Marco, one of whom was very tall and the other of whom was a dwarf. Their performance was celebrated and the subject of a famous sketch by artist Toulouse-Lautrec published in "Le Rire". They were also filmed by the Lumières in 1896. This may also have in part inspired the idea of the "fat and the lean wrestler" used by Méliès in Nouvelels Luttes Extravagantes the year before.
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