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A Nightmare (1896)

Le cauchemar (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Horror | 1896 (France)
In this fantastic scene, a man who is eager to retire has a difficult time finding peace, as his nocturnal illusions come to life out of thin air.

Director:

Georges Méliès
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Cast

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Jehanne d'Alcy Jehanne d'Alcy ... Woman in Toga (as Jeanne d'Alcy)
Georges Méliès ... Man
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Storyline

A man sleeps fitfully then dreams that a lovely woman is sitting at the foot of his bed. He reaches to embrace her and she becomes a minstrel, then Pierrot. The clown gestures to the moon that becomes huge and bites the dreamer's hand. In fright, the man punches the moon, which returns to his proper place in the sky, only to be replaced by all three visions - woman, minstrel, and Pierrot. Finally the man wakes, his bed a shambles. What to do now? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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pierrot | minstrel | moon | bed | sleep | See All (26) »

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France

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1896 (France) See more »

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A Nightmare See more »

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Silent
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Georges Méliès: [moon] becomes anthropomorphic and tries to eat the main character, and is punched away by him See more »

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Referenced in Le cauchemar de Méliès (1988) See more »

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creepy and comic
27 July 2018 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

Silly and slightly scary, Méliès's somewhat minor one minute short 'A Nightmare' fits perfectly in with the rest of his filmography. It's a trick film, a comedy, a fantasy, a portrayal of a dream, and something of a horror film, if not in any conventional sense, all of which are genres/styles of film that Méliès so often loved to explore. The strange giant head that appears somewhere around the middle of this minute is simultaneously amusing and successfully creepy (and remains so to this day), add to that a cast of characters that includes an energetically dancing and mischievous clown and you have a film that gives off an atmosphere dominated by both humour and uneasiness.


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