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26 July 1912 (France)  »

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Cagliostro's Folding Screen  »

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A page but no Venus
9 September 2015 | by (France) – See all my reviews

A truly pathetic smidgeon of this film does at least survive and I came across it in a compilation of "Early Trick Films" in the Huntley Archive (their film no 2630) which is available on youtube.

Unfortunately the fragment, the third or fourth film in the compilation (seemingly called The Magic Screen and wrongly dated 1909) is only a minute or so long in black and white (the original was nearly five minutes long and hand-coloured). It does however match the catalogue description for this film in which France Mathieu appears dressed as an eighteenth-century page (I assume France must have been De Chomón's sister-in-law, earlier films having featured his wife, Julienne Mathieu)who spreads out a folding screen.

The illusions begin but, alas, the fragment ends before we see the supple dancers, amphitrites and Venus emerging from her nacreous shell as promised by the catalogue.

Cagliostro, I may say, never figured at all even in the full film. It is just supposed to be his magic screen.


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