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The Golden Beetle (1907)

Le scarabée d'or (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Fantasy | 20 April 1907 (Denmark)
A sorcerer tosses an iridescent little beetle into a flaming ceremonial cauldron, and much to his amazement, a six-winged fairy in the body of a beautiful young woman emerges. Is his sorcery potent enough to tame her?

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Before an exquisitely ornate facade, an Egyptian sorcerer notices an iridescent little beetle creeping up the wall. Without delay, he plucks it off, and as a flaming ceremonial cauldron appears at his command, he tosses the insect into it which immediately bursts into flames. As a result, much to the wizard's amazement, this ritual transforms the beetle into a six-winged fairy in the body of a beautiful young woman, who now hovers effortlessly in mid-air. Delighted by the wondrous creature's fascinating and haunting repertoire, the awed conjurer will attempt to tame the magnificent being, but is his sorcery potent enough? Written by Nick Riganas

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A well-preserved copy of this early silent colorful classic is included in the "Landmarks of Early Film" DVD by Image Entertainment. See more »

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Colourful and spectacular - But Not Quite Sure What's Going On...
7 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is another trick photography in the style of Georges Melies - although this time made by Ferdinand Zecca for Pathe. Most imitations of Melies were blatant copies with little attempt at individuality on the part of those doing the copying, but Zecca was a talented filmmaker in his own right and this fantasy stands up to comparison with most of Melies' work.

The story, such as it is, is a little confusing, but it's not the story that's important - it's the special effects and the use of stencil-coloured film. the colour effects are quite spectacular and help to set this apart from more run of the mill efforts.


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