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The Enchanted Box (1903)

La boîte à malice (original title)
As scene as pleasing as incomprehensible. A juggler summons two chairs, which come to the stage jumping and twirling around. Across the back of these chairs the operator places a sheet of ... See full summary »

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Georges Méliès (uncredited)
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Georges Méliès ... (as unnamed magician)
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As scene as pleasing as incomprehensible. A juggler summons two chairs, which come to the stage jumping and twirling around. Across the back of these chairs the operator places a sheet of glass on which he lays a box about four inches high. He then takes a table cover, with his servant's help, rolls it up and from the centre emerges a lady, beautifully dressed. At the juggler's order she jumps in the box, in which she completely disappears. The operator, in taking the box, notices an incredulous smile among the audience; he then affirms that the lady is still inside, and to prove it he puts the box on his knees and the girl appears again in full figure. He makes her go in again, and opening the box he shows that the girl has vanished and that her dresses only remain at the bottom. Then he jumps into the box himself, and his servant afterward; the box rolls off the stage without any help. Written by Méliès Catalog

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Country:

France

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13 June 1903 (USA) See more »

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Georges Méliès,Star-Film See more »
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It's in the Box!
13 November 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Kind of a one note offering. The magician we have gotten used to has a kind of brief case that is magical. A young woman comes out of a folded rug and then is used to test the nature of the box. She stands in it and then disappears inside it. Soon other want into the act. It's just that we keeps seeing the same things. There is nothing earth shattering about this little piece.


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