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The 400 Tricks of the Devil (1906)

Les quatre cents farces du diable (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Fantasy, Horror | 1906 (France)
Two travelers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventually experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil.

Director:

Georges Méliès

Writers:

Victor de Cottens (play), Victor Darlay (play)
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Georges Méliès ... Satan (uncredited)
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Two travelers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventually experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil before he takes one of them down to Hell and roasts him on a spit. Written by Greg Carleton

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Short | Fantasy | Horror

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Country:

France

Release Date:

1906 (France) See more »

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Silent

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On a highway to Hell
18 April 2012 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

This Georges Méliès film is another imaginative fantasy. It's effects-driven, not story-based. The visuals are everything. What plot there is merely serves as a structure to base the visual wizardry around. It features a couple of travellers who are persecuted by the devil. They are taken on a carriage ride through the cosmos led by a skeletal horse.

It's quite common material for a film from the 1900's. For some reason stories featuring Satan were common-place. Anyway, this one is very nice to look at. The ride through outer space is hypnotic and dream-like with an array of intergalactic attractions passing the stagecoach by. The colour tinting of course helps a lot. It's very effectively used here and is quite explosive in the scene with the volcano with an eruption of deep red. It's a trip worth taking.


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