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Knight of Black Art (1908)

Le tambourin fantastique (original title)
Not Rated | | Short | 18 January 1908 (USA)
We are introduced to the banqueting hall of an old-time castle. Servitors stand awaiting the arrival of their master, who, appearing on the scene, throws his cloak to an attendant; ... See full summary »

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Georges Méliès
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Georges Méliès ... The Knight of Black Art
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We are introduced to the banqueting hall of an old-time castle. Servitors stand awaiting the arrival of their master, who, appearing on the scene, throws his cloak to an attendant; unbuckling his sword, he hands him that also, then at the word of command the attendant throws them upward and they vanish. The knight then takes two large rings, a sheet of paper, which he places on one of the rings, then fitting the other over the paper draws it taut as a drum. Two attendants then hold the paper-covered rings upright, another hands a paint brush and paint to the knight, who proceeds to draw a face on the paper. This at a sign changes into a laughing, roguish character. The knight then plunges his arms through the eyes of the figure and draws therefrom bottles of wine which he hands to an attendant who surreptitiously drinks their contents. Making an incision where the mouth is drawn, our knight takes therefrom shawls, scarves and wraps of the finest texture. Taking the rings from the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short

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Not Rated
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Country:

France

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18 January 1908 (USA) See more »

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Star-Film See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Released in the US as a split reel along with In the Bogie Man's Cave (1907). See more »

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Very Little New
20 November 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

What we have is a filmed magic show, featuring a disk that is the center of most of the action. At one point the magician paints a face on the thing, punches out the eyes, nose, and mouth. The then begins to pull garments from the orifices. Eventually we have the split screen thing with a body seeming coming up out of nothing. There are some nice tricks but they are sort of old hat and if you are a fan of this fellow, you've seen it all before. Not a bad thing, but we do come to expect more.


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