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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 »

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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

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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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The Witch
20 March 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Witch, The (1906)

*** (out of 4)

aka La Fée Carabosse ou le poignard fatal The Impossible Voyage

Colorful and engaging film from Melies about a troubadour who goes to see a witch to get his fortune told. He promises the witch a bag full of gold but it turns out to be sand so the witch seeks vengeance on him with various hauntings. Hand-coloring these films are always tricky as some of them look great while others look incredibly bad and silly. I've seen quite a few of these tinted films from this era and I must admit that this here is the best one I've seen. I really loved all the colors being thrown around and this is easy to see when the troubadour first goes to see the witch. The color of their outfits are really terrific and the look of the witch is rather breathtaking and will make you think of the 1939 version of THE WIZARD OF OZ. The story itself is pretty strong as well, although the subplot of the troubadour trying to save a princess being held captive stops the film in its tracks to a point. With that said, there are plenty of wild special effects and neat tricks to make this a must see from the filmmography of Melies.


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