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The Enchanted Sedan Chair (1905)

La chaise à porteur enchantée (original title)
Not Rated | | Short , Fantasy
A fine magician of the Royal Court materialises an elegant attire from a transparent glass container, and then, a refined dandy appears, as an ornate palanquin is summoned. Now, what does the illusionist have in mind?

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Georges Méliès
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A fine magician of the Royal Court--master of trickery and illusion--takes great care to prove that the transparent glass container in front of him is absolutely empty. With his mystical power and a single fan, the great conjurer manages to materialise an elegant attire--and much to our amazement--a refined dandy appears. But that's not all. From the depths of this tiny box, yet another costume clothes a lifeless mannequin, as an ornate palanquin is summoned. Now, what does the illusionist have in mind? Written by Nick Riganas

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France

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After seeing about three dozen of his films, this is the worst Méliès film I have seen
7 September 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This short silent film is part of the DVD collection entitled "The Magic of Méliès" and is the fourth volume of THE MOVIES BEGIN series from Kino Video. Unlike copies of Méliès' films that are posted on the internet, the prints for these short films are exceptionally crisp and clean and feature wonderful musical scores. Oddly, though, is that aside from a few films such as THE BLACK IMP and THE IMPOSSIBLE VOYAGE, most of the shorts chosen for this DVD are actually not among the best of Méliès' films--having a strong tendency to show is "stagy" material as opposed to the films that have elaborate sets and plots.

This silent short, like too many on the DVD, is just a stage magician's act that has been given a few less than inspiring camera tricks. In fact, of all these types of films I have seen from Méliès, this is the dullest and least inspired. It's too bad, as people watching this DVD might think Méliès was a "hack", but he made many fantastic films that never even got included (why, I have no idea).


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