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The Untamable Whiskers (1904)

Le roi du maquillage (original title)
Through a rapid succession of drawings, ingenious disguises and soft dissolves, the director portrays a quick-sketch artist who transforms to various characters according to the static outlines on his chalkboard.

Director:

Georges Méliès
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Georges Méliès ... Man with whiskers
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Storyline

The background of this picture represents a scene along the beautiful river Seine in Paris. A gentleman enters, and taking a blackboard from the side of the picture, he draws on it a sketch of a novelist. Then, standing in the centre, he causes the living features of his sketch to appear in the place of his own, which is utterly devoid of whiskers. The change is made so mysteriously that the eye cannot notice it until one sees quite another person in the place of the first. Again another sketch is shown on the board, this one being that of a miser; then an English cockney; a comic character; a French policeman, and last of all, the grinning visage of Mephistopheles. It is almost impossible to give this film a more definite description; suffice it to say that it is something entirely new in motion pictures and is sure to please. Written by Méliès Catalog

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make up | artist | river | paris | seine | See All (11) »

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Short | Fantasy

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Country:

France

Release Date:

5 March 1904 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Untamable Whiskers See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Georges Méliès,Star-Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Study in Chalk
15 November 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The premise is simple; the execution is not. Melies draws faces on a chalkboard. After each drawing, he stands front and center and become the picture. Eventually, our old friend the devil takes his turn after being drawn. The neat thing in this is the ability to match up these chalk drawings with the figures Melies creates. Very good.


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