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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.

Director:

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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Country:

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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Not one of Melies' best
24 July 2009 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

This chaotic little cautionary tale about the dangers of being unkind to beggars (who might just be wizards in disguise, for some reason known only to them) is similar to other films made by Melies from this period. He made a similar film in which demons appear from a wishing well either the same year or the year before (it's title escapes me).

As others have quite rightly commented, this isn't one of Melies' best although it is still enjoyable enough, and much better than most films being produced at the beginning of the 20th Century. What is apparent is that Melies was not yet comfortable with directing the viewer's attention. There's too much going on here at times, meaning the audience isn't really sure where to look. The pace is fast and frantic, but it gets a little repetitive after a while and you're left wondering why Melies felt the relatively slight material was worthy of a whole four minutes.


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