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The Mysterious Retort (1906)

Alchimiste Parafaragaramus ou La cornue infernale (original title)
Not Rated | | Short , Fantasy , Mystery
Sound asleep in his comfortable armchair next to a high-pressure retort, a mystic silver-haired alchemist can't even notice the strange manifestations emerging from the vessel's bottom. Is this a dream, or a cornucopia of secreted desires?

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Georges Méliès
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In his well-equipped private laboratory, a mystic silver-haired alchemist exhausted from the endless attempts to create his magnum opus falls asleep in a deep and comfortable armchair next to a high-pressure retort. Sound asleep, the weary sorcerer won't even notice the strange manifestations emerging from the vessel's bottom, when all of a sudden, things start spiralling out of control. Is this a vivid dream, or a cornucopia of secreted desires? Written by Nick Riganas

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All special effects, not much story from Méliès
2 September 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I love the films of Méliès, as for their day, they were the most clever, creative and had the best trick cinematography of the day. His movies such as Le Voyage Dans le Lune are classics and I try to see every one I can--they are just so amazing and watchable even today (unlike the films of Edison and Lumiere which seem pretty pointless today).

Unfortunately, while this IS a wonderful film, it is NOT among Méliès' best--in fact, oddly, it is almost plot less and is just an excuse to create special effect after special effect. The effects (apart from the cheesy snake) are great and the film is well worth seeing, but it has little lasting value unlike most of his other films I have seen.

If you want to see this film online, go to Google and type in "Méliès" and then click the video button for a long list of his films that are viewable without special software.


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