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The Witch (1906)

La fée Carabosse ou le poignard fatal (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Fantasy | 20 December 1906 (USA)
A penniless troubadour consults the Fairy Carabosse about his future but offends her by paying with a bag of sand.

Director:

Georges Méliès
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Georges Méliès ... The Fairy Carabosse
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In the characteristic narrative structure of a spectacular féerie or fairy play, the great fantasy filmmaker, Georges Méliès, artfully amalgamates elements of religion, supernatural beings, and mighty guardians of man with the ever-present dark forces, depicting the archetypal conflict between good and evil. Portrayed by Méliès himself, the withered and notoriously fiendish Fairy Carabosse, capable of doing both good or evil on a whim, concocts a mystical witches' brew in her decrepit castle's lab--when suddenly--a graceful but penniless wandering troubadour appears, desirous of learning his fate and finding his soulmate. As the crooked-nosed hag obeys, the spectral vision of an innocent damsel in distress is revealed--a clear sign of the love-smitten youth's immediate quest--however, only gold or a devious trick can provide the powerful talisman needed for the perilous venture into the grim Tower of Doom. But, is it wise to deceive evil personified? Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 December 1906 (USA) See more »

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The Witch See more »

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Star-Film See more »
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Silent

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Color (segment) (hand-colored)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Commissioned by the furnishing store Dufayel, who used the film to entertain children while their parents were shopping. See more »

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I'm on the Bad Guy's Side
27 August 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

One of Melies' super-productions, like VOYAGE A LA LUNE and LA ROYAUME DES FEES, this is a bit of fairy tale, about a minstrel who rescues his love from dungeon, with lots of sparklers, the usual wonderful Melies camera trickery and, in the print I was fortunate enough to see today, lots of hand-tinting. While Melies' day was passing rapidly -- Gaumont and Pathe had caught up with him in camera trickery and, if they did not produce the lush looking background and foreground that Melies specialized in, they were large enough enterprises that they could take away his market -- and Melies' film grammar always remained primitive: usually confined to the proscenium arch, his cutting rarely showed any of the sophistication discovered by George Smith in England and elaborated on by Zecca in France.

Stiill, Melies was putting up a big fight against the competition, and this is an very enjoyable movie to watch. My only issue with it is that I am on the side of the Fee Carabosse -- the minstrel paid her, not with gold, but with sand!


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