A man needs to get to Monte Carlo from Paris, but finds out that a train will take 17 hours to get there. He decides to go with a man with a special car, who claims that he can get there in just two hours. Complications ensue.
Despite all methods of instantaneously masking a clandestine gambling den's shady activities, the risk of getting caught is high, especially when the police thirsts for success. But, sometimes, indulging in pure fun is just too tempting.
A poor but honest young man wins the hand of a beautiful Princess after facing a series of exciting adventures involving apparitions, cartwheeling skeletons, a dragon, and plump dancing girls from the Folies Bergere.
A gang of cutthroats set ablaze a farmhouse after killing the farmer and stealing the proceeds of his sales. Captured and tried for his crimes, the pitiless plunderer faces death by guillotine, but first, a night of pure agony awaits.
A bearded man sits at the piano in his music room. In his exuberance, he falls from the piano stool more than once. He paces, baton in hand; he sits in a chair in the middle of the room, thinking of music. He nods off, and musicians appear at the call of his baton: first, an odalisque with a lyre, then other women, in diaphanous gowns, playing instruments, then five dancers. Jazzy notes appear above his head as dancers circle him and the women behind him play. His reveries give way to a cabaret worthy of the Moulin Rouge. What will he do when he wakes?Written by
Among the themes that Melies went through several times are those of someone who falls asleep, whether it be a ballet master, a clockmaker, or here, a composer. And while the composer's dreams comically range from an ethereal harpist to demons doing a cake-walk while chorines dance the can-can,there is always wistful undertone to them: why can't life be a little easier?
This is one of the many previously lost or infrequently seen Melies pictures that have been made available by Serge Bromberg, David Shepherd and a myriad of other hands in the newly issued DVD set GEORGES MELIES: FIRST WIZARD OF CINEMA. Required viewing for anyone interested in the history of movies ..... and a lot of fun.
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