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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?


Segundo de Chomón


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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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That's not Beetle Bailey!
2 March 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A stage magician dressed as an Arab comes onstage to perform a series of conjuring tricks, including making beautiful women in strange costumes and a fireworks display. The print, like many of the period, is elaborately tinted. Although the background is black-and-white, the performers' clothes are brightly colored, probably stencil-tinted.

It's one of the many magic act shorts that Segundo de Chomon directed, in imitation of the popular shorts of George's Melies. The effects are similar, and the costuming is much more elaborate. Pathe, the production company, was a bigger affair than Melies, having motion picture and sound recording divisions. This meant they could outspend Melies, and that eventually drove him out of the business. That would not happen, however, for a few years.

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20 April 1907 (Denmark) See more »

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