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The Cook in Trouble (1904)

Sorcellerie culinaire (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Fantasy
A cook has his hands full with three mischievous devils, who pop in and out of his kitchen.

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Georges Méliès
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In a spacious and busy kitchen, an enthusiastic and highly-skilled professional head chef who can't afford to lose a second is interrupted by a weary vagabond looking for some spare change, and, perhaps, a little taste of his mouth-watering creations. But alas. The haughty executive culinarian will soon discover that looks can be deceiving--especially when the poor panhandler he has just kicked out--is a magnificent and powerful mage in disguise. With the sorcerer's black servants all over the place, can the cook appease the insulted feelings? Written by Nick Riganas

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Short | Comedy | Fantasy

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France

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Georges Méliès,Star-Film See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Chaotic, But Has Some Very Good Moments
28 May 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This Méliès comedy is pretty chaotic, but it has some very good moments, and overall it is fairly amusing. It makes good use of the setting and the props, and it has many details that are creative and/or interesting. The story itself is, as are the stories in a good number of Méliès features, a simple but amusing pretext for displaying an assortment of special effects and visual tricks.

The movie starts with a cook who gets himself in trouble by offending a magician, leading to a series of antics and camera tricks. Most of them work all right, and there are only a handful of them that do not work so well. Overall, it's a good display of camera skill for its time, and a rather typical example of Méliès's style and abilities.

Amongst the special effects showcases that Méliès made, this one is a little better than average (which makes it well above average amongst all movie of its time), and it is worth watching if you have an interest in these very early movies.


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