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The Music Lover (1903)

Le mélomane (original title)
The leader of a marching band demonstrates an unusual way of writing music.

Director:

Georges Méliès
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Under a set of five telegraph lines, a bandmaster and his marching band of talented female vocalists prepare to sing. But first, the leader needs to arrange the notes and place the G-clef on the lines. There he goes. Now, everything is ready for an unforgettable performance. Written by Nick Riganas

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Short | Comedy | Music

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 August 1903 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Music Lover See more »

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Georges Méliès,Star-Film See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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The stick on the second head suddenly changes from left to right. See more »

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Featured in Le grand Méliès (1952) See more »

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Top surrealism from cinema's inventor
27 August 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

More head play from Georges Melies, the man widely considered to be the master of cinema. This time, the early film director has a ball with a music-inspired sketch that employs greater variation and complexity to the likes of his head-swapping shorts from five years before. There's a larger cast, plenty of singing musical heads and decapitation and the auteur's use of surreal humour that makes it so unique. The alternate title is THE MUSIC LOVER and the story sees a music teacher becoming increasingly frustrated with his female students, to which end he decides to remove his head and utilise it in a unique musical display. Great stuff indeed.


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