A man stands in front of a backdrop painted with a nature scene. From a fan, he conjures a costume, then a woman appears inside it. An assistant carries in a mannequin; they dress her and ... See full summary »
One of the greatest of black art pictures. The conjurer appears before the audience, with his head in its proper place. He then removes his head, and throwing it in the air, it appears on ... See full summary »
A wizard sleeps at a table in his well-appointed sitting room. From a drawer in the table, a snake appears. The snake begins a series of transformations: he becomes a jester, a spider, and ... See full summary »
A poor but honest young man wins the hand of a beautiful Princess after facing a series of exciting adventures involving apparitions, cartwheeling skeletons, a dragon, and plump dancing ... See full summary »
Two travellers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventuly experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil before he takes one of them down to hell and roasts him ... See full summary »
A man needs to get to Monte Carlo from Paris, but finds out that a train will take 17 hours to get there. He decides to go with a man with a special car, who claims that he can get there in just two hours. Complications ensue.
This Georges Melies film isn't complete but seven-minutes worth of it are included on the Flicker Alley set and it's a real shame that the entire thing hasn't been found. The film was apparently one of his longer ones as it features narration and the footage starts off as a thief is burning down a market that he has just robbed. Later footage has him being captured and then we see him locked up in prison. Some great footage also includes him dreaming about the guillotine and the real highlight is when his body is put on there and his head cut off. I was extremely shocked to see how terrific the effect was when it came time for the head to be cut off. I paid close attention to see the "edit" but it went past me twice. This entire sequence is wonderfully done and I can't even begin to imagine how people in 1906 must have felt seeing this. The effect is beautifully done and the follow-up is extremely well done too. Hopefully the entire film of this will eventually show up.
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