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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.

Director:

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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The Mermaid 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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Pulling Rabbits From a Hat
4 July 2009 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

There's something a bit 'samey' about this four minute short from French wizard Georges Melies. It takes place on a stage containing an aquarium from which Melies scoops water which he deposits into an upturned top hat. Melies then proceeds to fish in the hat, placing his catches in the aquarium. Later, he pulls rabbits from the same hat before placing the aquarium centre-stage and closing in on it so that we can see the mermaid living inside it.

Although the use of trick photography throughout means a lot of preparation and planning must have gone into the film's making, it has the feel of being thrown together. Melies changes from a well-dressed magician to a rustic looking tramp and back again for no apparent reason and the rabbit trick seems pointless, wandering, as it does, from the aquatic theme of the rest of the film.


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