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Alcofribas, the Master Magician (1903)

L'enchanteur Alcofribas (original title)
Not Rated | | Short | November 1903 (USA)
A prince is in need of a fiancee, so he visits a well-known sorcerer and asks for help. However, the prince does not exactly get what he bargained for.

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Georges Méliès
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Jehanne d'Alcy Jehanne d'Alcy ... (as Jeanne d'Alcy)
Georges Méliès
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A prince is in need of a fiancee, so he visits a well-known sorcerer and asks for help. However, the prince does not exactly get what he bargained for.

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France

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November 1903 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Alcofribas, the Master Magician
25 June 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Alcofribas, the Master Magician (1903)

** (out of 4)

aka L' Enchanteur Alcofrisbas

This Melies short takes place in what appears to be an abandoned cave. Inside the cave, Melies as well as another magician, try to create fire as well as bring a woman to life. This short runs just under four minutes and for the most part I found it boring. None of the tricks we see here are very original as they've been used in countless Melies films and I also found some of them quite lazy. There's one sequence where a woman rises into the air but it's so obvious how they are doing this trick that it never becomes entertaining. If you've never seen a Melies film then I'm sure you'll be amazed at the special effects but if you've seen several of his films then you'll notice that this one really doesn't hold up with his best work.


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