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A Mesmerian Experiment (1905)

Le baquet de Mesmer (original title)
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A scientist pours water into a tub. Flames rise up, then the scientist takes out some dresses, which are draped upon statues. The statues change into a bevy of dancing girls who perform a dance routine.

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Georges Méliès
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Georges Méliès ... Dr. Mesmer (uncredited)
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A scientist pours water into a tub. Flames rise up, then the scientist takes out some dresses, which are draped upon statues. The statues change into a bevy of dancing girls who perform a dance routine.

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Not Quite, But Good Anyway
25 December 2009 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

I don't quite see how the title of this film fits what goes on, which is one of Melies magic shorts: he fills a tub with water, sets it afire, douses it and draws ladies dresses from it which he and his assistants drape over statues who turn into young girls who proceed to dance a tap chorus. No hypnotism seems to be involved, except possibly with the audience, but Melies' free-standing magic acts are among his best works.

The particular print I saw also had the benefit of being one of the color-stencil productions that were popular at the time. The decomposition of the film seems to have caused the colors to run, but enough remains to liven up this film.

For me, any Melies is worth having and seeing, and this one seems to have been lost until a few months ago. More than good enough.


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