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The Infernal Boiling Pot (1903)

Le chaudron infernal (original title)
Two demons throw helpless captives into a boiling cauldron, and then try to summon forth their spirits.

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Georges Méliès
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Georges Méliès ... Devil
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Storyline

In the bowels of a horrible Gothic dungeon, before a ritual black cauldron, a green-stained horned archfiend awaits those who are condemned. Soon, a busy lesser demon brings a woman, and then two more, who are all consumed by the hellish cauldron's eternal scarlet flames. The fires are everlasting, and the dark ceremony of the damned is infinite. Is it too late for salvation? Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

France

Release Date:

17 October 1903 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Infernal Boiling Pot See more »

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Georges Méliès,Star-Film See more »
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Silent

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Black and White | Color (hand-colored)

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1.33 : 1
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Featured in Une séance Méliès (1997) See more »

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Great stuff for 1903, but not up to the quality of some of Méliès' other films from that same year
2 September 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

1903 was a terrific year for Méliès, as he created his greatest and most amazing film, Le Voyage Dans le Lune. It is STILL an amazing and cute little film that was longer and more complex than any previous film. Its use of trick cinematography, great sets and innovations make it a truly landmark film. And, while Le Chaudron Infernal is STILL an amazing film, it pales in comparison to some of these other films.

Interestingly enough, the film is in color--featuring each individual cel having been hand-painted! This, plus the cool camera tricks make this a standout film. Now as far as plots go, it's pretty weird stuff. Two demons are chucking damned souls into a cauldron and ultimately summon their spirits using incantations! There's really no more plot than that--and that's why it is a tad disappointing.

If you want to see this film online, go to Google and type in "Méliès" and then click the video button for a long list of his films that are viewable without special software.


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