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Grandmother's Story (1908)

Conte de la grand-mère et rêve de l'enfant (original title)
The old granny reads to a little girl from a book, and between paragraphs she tells the child of the wonders of Fairyland. Then, the child tiring, she places it affectionately in bed, and ... See full summary »


Georges Méliès


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George Melies's second adaption of the classical fairy-tale, from 1912.

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Credited cast:
André Méliès André Méliès


The old granny reads to a little girl from a book, and between paragraphs she tells the child of the wonders of Fairyland. Then, the child tiring, she places it affectionately in bed, and after prayers the little girl falls to sleep. Suddenly the child sees a guardian fairy appear from a cross and she is invited to take a stroll to the land of child's wonders. The fairy takes her little hand and begins to lead her through wonderful grottoes of mystic design and awe-inspiring grandeur, until they come to a great land where there are wonderful toys innumerable and defying description, which go through their various movements in an almost human way. From Toyland the fairy leads the little girl to the realm of King Sweet, where all is fruit and candy. From there the wondering child is taken to another land where sweet flowers and trees and ferns, hanging plants, hedges and bowers nod and smile and beckon her onward. The child is entranced by the beauty of it all, but is also tired by her ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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6 October 1908 (USA) See more »

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Georges Méliès,Star-Film See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Nice Throwback
21 August 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

A Grandmother's Story (1908)

*** (out of 4)

aka Au pays des jouets

Director Georges Melies made quite a few bad films in 1908, as going through Flicker Alley's boxset made me realize but this one here is a good throwback to his earlier films. A grandmother tells her grandchild a bedtime story and tucks him into bed. A fairy then visits him and takes him to a fantasy world. A GRANDMOTHER'S STORY isn't a masterpiece and it doesn't rank among the director's greatest films but I think it's a refreshing throwback to his earlier days when there was still magic in his work. One thing I noticed about this film is that the special effects weren't nearly as good as some of the same type of films Melies was making even earlier in the year. I think this shows that his budgets simply couldn't keep up with the changing times but I still thought they were good enough to be entertaining. Another plus is that the fairies, looking like human butterflies, were quite fun and I thought they contained enough charm to carry the picture. Again, this certainly isn't Melies best film but it's charming enough to where fans will want to see it.

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