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Paris to Monte Carlo (1905)

Le Raid Paris-Monte Carlo en deux heures (original title)
A man needs to get to Monte Carlo from Paris, but finds out that a train will take 17 hours to get there. He decides to go with a man with a special car, who claims that he can get there in just two hours. Complications ensue.


Georges Méliès

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Fernande Albany
Antonich Antonich
Blondet Blondet
Séverin Cafferra Séverin Cafferra
Victor de Cottens Victor de Cottens
Harry Fragson ... King Leopold (as Henry Fragson)
Félix Galipaux
Louis Maurel Louis Maurel ... Chauffeur
Georges Méliès ... Mailman / Octroi Official
Jean Noté Jean Noté
Little Pich Little Pich
Raiter Raiter
Harry Relph ... Himself
Jane Yvon Jane Yvon


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A Farce Comedy in Moving Pictures.


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19 August 1905 (France) See more »

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Paris to Monte Carlo See more »

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17 November 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

With some of the best sight gags imaginable, a man who needs to get to Monte Carlo from Paris, hitches a ride with a guy in a car. Remember, this automobile was being used in 1905, so what i would look like was pure guesswork. It starts out funny in that the two men are wearing these enormous fur coats. You can barely see them under all that fur. First, they dump gasoline all over the place. They leave with great fanfare, but the driver puts the car in reverse and runs over one of the crowd, literally flattening him. The people use tire pumps to blow him up again. Soon the men are on their way, driving over the tops of the Alps, causing damage all along the way, running over people, knocking over fruit stands, collapsing buildings, blasting through the border guards. One can see the roots of Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, and other physical comedians in these episodes. As bad as some of the animation, the sheer lunacy of this is great.

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