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The Devilish Tenant (1909)

Le locataire diabolique (original title)
A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion.

Director:

Georges Méliès
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Charles Claudel Charles Claudel ... Male Janitor (uncredited)
Octavie Huvier Octavie Huvier ... Female Janitor (uncredited)
François Lallement François Lallement ... The Soldier (uncredited)
André Méliès André Méliès ... The Son of the Devilish Tenant (uncredited)
Georges Méliès ... Le Locataire diabolique (uncredited)
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Storyline

In need of a room to spend the night, a weary traveller arrives at a hotel and asks the helpful concierge for a temporary accommodation. Luckily, there is still one room available, however, it is completely unfurnished, let alone, decorated. Normally, this would be a serious problem, not for our extraordinary resident though, whose peculiar handbag contains everything but the kitchen sink. As if by magic, the mysterious lodger will put the finishing touches on his new cosy space, nevertheless, is the landlord's wife happy with the fiendish tenant? Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

France

Release Date:

1 January 1909 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devilish Tenant See more »

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Star-Film See more »
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Silent

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Color (hand-tinted)
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2 September 2010 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

I've seen quite a few Melies film over the last couple of years - mostly in roughly chronological order - and watching them in this way drives home just how impossible he found it to adapt to the changing times. Like Emile Reynaud before him, Melies failed to evolve, and essentially ended up repeating the same story over and over by simply varying small details. He could easily have staged this film, in which the devilish tenant of the title produces the furniture for his new dwelling from a carpetbag, as a basic magic show, because there isn't really much of a story. Melies film career would pretty much be dead within another five years, which is a sad thing - had he been able to harness that incredible energy that is evident in every frame of this stencil-coloured film to develop all aspects of his filmmaking talents he might have gone on indefinitely...


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