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Le grand Méliès (1952)

A biography of the pioneer film director Georges Méliès, featuring his son André playing Georges, and with shots of his second wife, aged 90.

Director:

Georges Franju

Writers:

Georges Franju (commentary), Georges Franju (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jehanne d'Alcy Jehanne d'Alcy ... Herself (as Madame Georges Méliès)
André Méliès André Méliès ... Georges Méliès
Marie-Georges Méliès Marie-Georges Méliès ... Herself / also voice : narrator
François Lallement François Lallement ... Narrator (voice)
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A biography of the pioneer film director Georges Méliès, featuring his son André playing Georges, and with shots of his second wife, aged 90.

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Genres:

Short | Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1952 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy Méliès See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Armor Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film was originally commissioned by the French Cinematheque to commemorate 50 years of cinema, and was to have been directed by Rene Gilson, with supervision from Rene Clair. See more »

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In the English language version of this film, when the narrator makes a reference to director D.W. Griffith, he is called "W.D" Griffith. See more »

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Features The 400 Tricks of the Devil (1906) See more »

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Vivons heureux
(waltz)
Composed by Georges Méliès
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Tribute to the Great Melies
2 September 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A biography of the pioneer film director Georges Méliès, featuring his son André playing Georges, and with shots of his second wife, aged 90.

Anyone unfamiliar with Georges Melies should look into his work. Other than perhaps Edison, few could be said to pioneer film in such a big way. Making countless short stories, he devised numerous trick shots and techniques that have been used for over a century since.

Franju is an appropriate director to tackle the subject. Of course, all filmmakers owe a debt to Melies, but it seems appropriate that a Frenchman would make a nice tribute to the man's life and involve his family in the production.


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