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Le vitrail diabolique (1910)

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The Diabolical Church Window
27 August 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Le vitrail diabolique (1911)

*** (out of 4)

aka The Diabolical Church Window

A man is sitting at his desk reading a book when a church window has some female clothes float up to it. These clothes eventually turn into a real woman so the man then tries doing some experiments on her, which causes her to turn into five women as well as various other things. This is the type of film that Melies made countless times in his career. We've had the director deal with a lot of films where someone would throw clothes on a wall (or in this case a mirror) and then a human would form. The quality of the special effects here were certainly impressive as the edits used to do them weren't nearly as obvious as some of the earlier pictures. I also enjoyed the second portion of the film and especially the sequence where the one woman turn to two then three and so on. Another major plus is that once again Melies is in front of the camera and he just seems to have so much passion that you really can't help but smile as he performs his tricks. While this isn't one of the director's strongest films there's still enough charm to make it worth viewing.


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