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The Bewitched Inn (1897)

L'auberge ensorcelée (original title)
At a solitary cheap inn, a distant traveller overcome with fatigue has a close encounter with the supernatural.

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Georges Méliès (uncredited)
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Georges Méliès ... Inn Guest
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A weary traveler stops at an inn along the way to get a good night's sleep, but his rest is interrupted by odd happenings when he gets to his room--beds vanishing and re-appearing, candles exploding, pants flying through the air and his shoes walking away by themselves. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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1897 (France) See more »

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Impressive stuff... in 1897. Now, not so much.
11 November 2018 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

A weary traveller (played by the film's director, Georges Méliès) settles down in a room for the night but is plagued by disappearing and reappearing items, and clothing that moves by itself. When his bed and chair vanish and come back, it all proves too much for the man, who leaves in a fluster.

Locking off the camera, stopping the film, moving the props, and then restarting the camera was cutting-edge stuff in 1897, and the result must have seemed like magic to the audience, but these days the same trick (and much more) can easily be achieved using a phone. Other objects in Méliès' pioneering 2 minute short are obviously moved by wires. Undeniably a landmark moment in the history of special effects cinema, but the fact is, to the vast majority of today's viewers, The Bewitched Inn will seem like extremely crude stuff, both technically and comedically.


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