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The Mermaid (1904)

La sirène (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Fantasy | 1904 (France)
A magician conjures up a mermaid while fishing.

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Georges Méliès
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In his crisp and impeccable suit, a conjurer of dreams and illusions enters the stage wearing his narrow-brimmed top hat. As he fills his hat with water from an empty aquarium nearby, the magician summons up fish of all sizes to inhabit the tank, and much to our amazement, he works his way up, to finally conjure a gracefully mysterious young mermaid. Is she real or is this one of the illusionist's tricks? Written by Nick Riganas

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Short | Fantasy

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Country:

France

Release Date:

1904 (France) See more »

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Star-Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Pretty trick show
13 December 2000 | by gagewynSee all my reviews

I watched this as one of the shorts on The magic of Melies video cassette released by Kino on Video, 1994. Image quality was good. Music matched the mood of the film. No color was added. Cropping did not appear to interfere with the film. Frame speed appeared to be adjusted. This should give an idea of the technical quality of the release I watched.

This film was pretty. Some of the special effects in it are extremely good. I could'nt pick out exactly where the editing was done when the clown pulls rabbits from a hat. If it did'nt go so quickly I think that many of the effects would come off as cheesy and played out, given that they have been used in so many films since. As it is the dizzying pace keeps things interesting. I think that an interesting aspect of the film is Melies experience as a magician. He directs eye movement away from the effect much as a magician distracts the eye to perform a trick.

I recommend watching this. It has an intriguing feel. I don't know that one should go to a great deal of trouble to find this film, but it's worth a look.


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