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The Witch (1906)

La fée Carabosse ou le poignard fatal (original title)
A penniless troubadour consults the Fairy Carabosse about his future but offends her by paying with a bag of sand.

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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 »

Also Known As:

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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Featured in Hugo (2011) See more »

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Colorful and Confusing
18 November 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is another example of a story that has scenes that confuse the viewer. A man goes to a witch to find out where the love of his life is being held. He embarks on a journey but the witch is always somewhere nearby. We are constantly distracted by superfluous events, but ultimately we get back to the idea of his goal. The final scenes are confusing and silly and a disappointment. But it is colorful and a worthy effort.


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