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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

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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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The Mermaid
24 July 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Mermaid, The (1904)

*** (out of 4)

aka La Sirène

Once again Melies plays a magician who fills up an aquarium tank only to put some of the water into his top hot where he then goes fishing. The second part of the film deals with the title character who also appears out of no where. This is a pretty good little film that manages to have some nice laughs and some very good trick shots. Some of the special effects are obvious but there are others, like the one on one fishing scenes, that hold up very, very well. The mermaid stuff I didn't care too much for but the visual beauty is certainly there.


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