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The Dwarf and the Giant (1901)

Nain et géant (original title)
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The Long and the Short or The Short and the Long
27 September 2015 | by (France) – See all my reviews

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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