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The setting of this fantastic scene represents the hall of an old chateau in which a miser has locked up seven large bags containing his wealth. Satan, who has made his way into the chateau, puts the seven bags in a strong box, and makes with his hands some cabalistic motions. The miser comes into the hall and is greatly astonished to find his fortune missing. He opens the coffer and immediately the bags leap out. He gathers them up and puts them back into the coffer. When he opens it again he finds that they have been transformed into seven young girls, who rush out and chase after him, beating him unmercifully. They shut him up in the coffer from which his gold has vanished. The miser pushes open the lid of the coffer, and to his profound despair finds that both young girls and money have disappeared. (This view is most sensational in its mysterious scenes.)Written by
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This film by Georges Méliès is pretty severely faded. But considering it's 116 years old, who's to complain?! It is a comedy that features a rather horrifying ending, that's for sure!
The costumes make it appear that it was supposed to be about 1400...more or less. A sorcerer puts his money bags in a coffin-like box and when a jerk comes to steal it, female servants pop out with the money bags...but the bags soon turn into spears. If you think this is bad...wait until what ULTIMATELY happens to the thief!
While the filmmaker's techniques had been around for a few years, this one was executed a bit better than most AND was darkly humorous. Worth seeing and very clever.
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