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La guirlande merveilleuse (1903)

A musketeer bows to the audience and proceeds to hang his hat, coat and vest on the wall in a most amazing manner. Being in need of two pages, he brings them out of his coat, and with rope ... See full summary »

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A musketeer bows to the audience and proceeds to hang his hat, coat and vest on the wall in a most amazing manner. Being in need of two pages, he brings them out of his coat, and with rope he makes a hoop. The two pages stretch out a large sheet of white paper. The musketeer puts the hoop through the paper, and instantly the hoop is all covered with paper like those used by performers in the circus. The pages hold up the hoop; the paper bursts, only to let out a hideous clown, who goes and sits in the corner to see what is going to happen. Then the musketeer breaks the hoop, takes out of his hat a lot of flowers, which he throws on the pieces of the hoop, and by his act he makes a lovely wreath, from which appears a beautiful woman. This woman is then substituted by an immense and grinning face, into which the clown jumps. Then an explosion is heard and nothing is left of the clown nor the head. The musketeer takes the pages on his soldiers, one after the other, and they are changed ... Written by Méliès Catalog

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Marvellous Wreath, The
3 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

Marvellous Wreath, The (1903)

*** (out of 4)

aka La Guirlande Merveilleuse

Nice magic film from Melies has him walking out onto the stage and doing various tricks including turning a rope into a hula hope and then using this to create the title character. This film is a little bit rough due to all the obvious edits being done but it's still a pretty nice little film that has enough charm to make it work. As I said, the special effects are a bit rough but all of the tricks are pretty nice including one scene where a devil like thing jumps out of the wreath. It's also worth noting that Melies shows off his athletic ability by jumping rope during one scene.


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