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The Cigar Box (1907)

La boîte à cigares (original title)
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19 October 1907 (USA)  »

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It's an odd name for this film from Segundo de Chomón
14 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Segundo de Chomón made a lot of films that borrowed liberally from Georges Méliès' bag of tricks--in particular stopping and restarting the camera in order to make audiences believe things could appear and disappear. Audiences at the time must have loved the films, as both directors made dozens and dozens of film like this.

"The Cigar Box" is another one of these magical films--though the title might confuse you a bit. The magician in this one is dressed like a 17th century Frenchman and he is standing in front of a weird contraption that is sort of like a carousel but not exactly. The panels on the side open and close throughout the film to feature folks in costumes that magically change or they appear and disappear. It's actually pretty elaborate and quite lengthy (about four minutes) for one of these films. Additionally, the sets from the Pathé Frères company are a bit nicer and more elaborate than the ones you usually see from Méliès. Not a great film but well worth seeing.


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