As the clock strikes twelve, a weary astronomer attempts to answer the impertinent enquiries of his young students by scrutinising an impending lunar eclipse, as an effeminate and delicate moon caresses the mighty sun's hungry cosmic rays.
A hawker demonstrates his glue's exceptional qualities; however, a pair of policemen shut him down. Bent on revenge, he goes to extreme lengths for justice, but it's a risky action, and one could easily get a taste of his own medicine.
Through a rapid succession of drawings, ingenious disguises and soft dissolves, the director portrays a quick-sketch artist who transforms to various characters according to the static outlines on his chalkboard.
In this spectacular free adaptation of the popular theatre play "La Biche au Bois", the valiant Prince Bel-Azor pursues a baleful old witch to her impregnable castle, to save the beautiful young Princess Azurine.
What inscrutable secrets lie deep into the boundless cosmos that surround us? Riddled with questions about man's origin and his place in the universe, a weary and respectable astronomer attempts to answer the impertinent enquiries of his young students by scrutinising an impending lunar eclipse. Soon, the clock strikes twelve, and a glorious parade of enormous celestial bodies, brilliant wandering stars, and sparkling comets pass before their phallic telescopes, as an effeminate and delicate moon caresses the mighty sun's hungry cosmic rays. Indeed, this eerie astral euphoria is contagious--and by the end of this ardent sun and moon courtship--the grizzled stargazer will be overwhelmed by the wondrous harmony of all creation.Written by
Unlike most other reviewers of this film I found it quite dull, and wondered as I watched, whether it was around this time that Melies began losing touch with the development of the motion pictures. As filmmakers became more confident of their own abilities and that of their equipment more realistic stories set in real locations became more commonplace, but Melies was still staging his films against painted backdrops and producing the same kind of stories he was making in 1902.
The most remarkable thing about this film is the eclipse itself in which it is obvious that the movement of the sun and moon is equated with the act of sex. It would look like a cheap laugh if it was made today, but to see it in a film more than 100 years old is quite extraordinary. Apart from this sequence, the film's scenes last too long and the comedy isn't really that funny even by the standards of the early 20th century.
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