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The Black Imp (1905)

Le diable noir (original title)
Not Rated | | Short , Comedy , Horror
A traveler at an inn is harassed by a mischievous devil in his room.

Director:

Georges Méliès
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A mischievous black imp hiding in a hotel room, enjoys his privacy jumping around from the bed to the table, and then, from the chair to the priceless davenport. However, when a respectable resident arrives escorted by the landlady and her husband, before long, the furniture will begin vanishing or stacking into impossible configurations, and much to the visitor's surprise, teleport back into the room. Eventually, as the culprit manifests before the man's eyes, inevitably, pandemonium ensues. Is there a way to get rid of this nuisance? Written by Nick Riganas

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Short | Comedy | Horror

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Country:

France

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Amusing Feature With Some Good Camera Tricks
11 April 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This amusing Méliès feature has several of the kind of visual effects that made him famous, and most of them work quite well. The story starts when "The Black Imp" plays a series of practical jokes on an unwary traveler, and it then follows the battle of wits that ensues. The action that follows uses quite a few props, most of them simple everyday objects used in humorous and sometimes creative ways. Most of the camera tricks are done with skill, and the movie thus gets plenty of mileage out of some simple material. Most of it is fun to watch, and it's a good display of skill with the camera. It's definitely worth seeing if you have any interest in these earliest movies.


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