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Unusual Cooking (1908)

Cuisine abracadabrante (original title)
A chef comes into the kitchen and throws a lot of rags on the floor: he then casts a spell over them, and immediately they take the form of human beings, and dance a wild saraband around ... See full summary »

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A chef comes into the kitchen and throws a lot of rags on the floor: he then casts a spell over them, and immediately they take the form of human beings, and dance a wild saraband around the place. After performing many unique tricks they disappear into space, and are replaced by a group of knives and forks, pans, kettles and spoons. These are all supplied with arms and legs, and dance around the chef as he lies on the floor. Soon one of the knives and forks, drawing near to his prostrate body, proceed to cut him into many small pieces, which are then placed in a pan to be made into a delicious stew. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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19 September 1908 (USA)  »

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Cooking with Magic
8 December 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Georges Melies was an important competitor to Pathe Freres for the French film market, and Pathe wanted his market share. To take it, they used Segundo de Chomon, who had started in the film industry as a cameraman. De Chomon directed the same sort of high-energy magic show; given Pathe's greater resources (they produced records, record players and film equipment and had their own theaters; Melies had to rely on independent exhibitors). His work had more chorines than Melies.

This is a fairly typical example, as a cook appears from nowhere, becomes a horde of cooks and giant utensils and pour out of a giant samovar onto the screen. There's some fairly decent if primitive animation. If this sort of film would vanish from the screen as the point of a movie, for the moment it was deservedly popular.


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