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Under the Sea

5/10
Author: boblipton from New York City
23 September 2013

Over the past decade, enough of Segundo de Chomon's movies have crept out from the archives to show him as a skilled competitor to Georges Melies as a creator of fantasy films. Although this one is nothing special in that line, it certainly is a competent combination of stage and screen magic as motion is shown via cyclorama and then a fantastic view of life under the oceans is revealed via masking techniques, as people in fantastic costumes apparently scroll down the middle of the screen.

Although the careful modern viewer will recognize these tricks and the way they are executed, the elaborate nature of the set dressings and the costumes make them a film maker worthy of fighting Melies for his market. De Chomon would outlast Melies, backed by Pathe Frere's budgets and access to markets, but mostly as a maker of travelogues.

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