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Legend of a Ghost (1908)

La légende du fantôme (original title)
A young woman passing through a cemetery at night is suddenly startled by a voice coming from one of the graves. She wishes to rush away, but the ghost appearing compels her to remain. He ... See full summary »

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A young woman passing through a cemetery at night is suddenly startled by a voice coming from one of the graves. She wishes to rush away, but the ghost appearing compels her to remain. He explains to the terrified girl that she must go to the kingdom of Satan and get a bottle of the Water of Life, which she must bring back to him. The girl consents to do as he desires and starts forth on her expedition after the precious fluid. She summons a lot of soldiers and friends to her aid, and we follow the whole army down into the bowels of the earth. Arriving at the gate of Satan's kingdom, they mount a chariot of fire and, arriving at the devil's palace, give fight to the demons mounting guard over their king, and after having defeated them rush into the palace. Now Satan, seeing his life in peril, disappears in a cloud of smoke, and thunder, and is seen again as he dashes through his vast domains gathering together his people, and while they await the conquering chariot another fight ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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I had absolutely no idea what was happening but it was still an amazing film.
14 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

It's a shame that when "Legend of a Ghost" came out that the film industry wasn't yet using intertitle cards to explain what was happening in the movie. Many times, early filmmakers worked past this by having super-simple plots or exaggerated acting. However, in the case of this movie, it's disastrous not having them because you'll have no idea what's happening throughout the film! It is an indescribable film and I am not sure I could do it justice by trying.

Director Segundo de Chomón had what seems like a huge budget for the time in this film. He uses many fanciful sets, has tons of actors in a variety of costumes and even created weird floats for the characters to use*. It all screamed 'big budget', that's for sure. And that is the reason why I STILL recommend you see the film as it was very much ahead of its time--just not when it came to the intertitle cards.

*If you look carefully, sometimes you'll get a quick glimpse of the automobile tires under the floats as well as the drivers using a steering wheel!


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