As scene as pleasing as incomprehensible. A juggler summons two chairs, which come to the stage jumping and twirling around. Across the back of these chairs the operator places a sheet of ... See full summary »
A weary clock-maker dozes off in a chair. While he is asleep, three women suddenly appear in the midst of his shop. They proceed to show the sleeping clock-maker some new kinds of clocks that they know how to make.
Based on an early 13th century myth, this short film tells the story of a Jew who is forced to walk throughout eternity having refused water to Christ on his way to Calvary. He falls asleep... See full summary »
Although he produced, directed and starred in almost every category of film of the era with the possible exception of the western -- he left those to his brother Gaston in America, where he recruited Francis Ford, later more famous as John Ford's brother -- Georges Melies' most numerous films are those in which he appears as a magician, performing magic. As he started out as a stage magician and, indeed, went into film production for fillers during his stage shows, this is hardly surprising. But almost invariably, the magic in his movies is a mixture of stage and movie magic -- combining sleight-of-hand and trap doors with double exposures and hidden cuts.
In this short, he performs magic, but the techniques he uses are all those of the movie camera. A unique and interesting example of his work.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this