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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.

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Georges Méliès
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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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Star-Film 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 Méliès 1988: Le cauchemar de Méliès (1988) See more »

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A Nightmare
28 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Nightmare, A (1896)

**** (out of 4)

aka Le Cauchemar

A man (played by Melies) is asleep in bed when he begins a nice dream of a woman lying on the end of the bed but soon this turns into a nightmare as a monkey, a clown and the moon begin to play tricks on him. Here another classic from the director, which contains some very good laughs including the sequence where the moon comes to life and attacks him. The special effects here are also very good for the era and it's rather amazing how good they are considering what else was being done at the time. The film runs just over a minute and there's not a dry scene to witness. Certainly one of the best films from this era.


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