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The Charmer (1907)

Le charmeur (original title)
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9 February 1907 (USA)  »

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Not much in the way of story but the colors are still vibrant
14 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Segundo de Chomón directed "The Charmer" and it's a weird little story. I assumed it was about a snake charmer but instead of snakes, this guy was wrangling a gigantic caterpillar! He then shoved it into what appears to be an enormous cocoon. Then, moments later, out pops a lady with butterfly wings! She then flies about on strings (though you cannot see the strings) and soon she's joined by other ladies who all fly about. Then comes the weird ending--which you can discover if you watch this amazingly strange and rather pointless film. I say pointless because there really wasn't a lot of plot--just ladies flitting about like butterflies. The only really positive thing about the film were the very vibrant colors. The Pathé Brothers studio had created an assembly line process where rooms filled with women hand-painted each film cel using stencils. It's very striking to see this today and the colors on this one appear to have maintained themselves well over the years. So, you have a pretty dumb film with lovely color.


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