The scene opens in the bar of a saloon, showing the various stages of intoxication of its patrons. One of the manufactured articles is much further soused than his fellows and it requires ... See full summary »
The opium fiend is seen in a den, puffing on this terrible narcotic. He then falls fast asleep and dreams that he is at home with his wife. He asks for something to drink and he is given ... See full summary »
A black man and a white woman enter a barbershop. The man tries embracing the woman, who pushes him away. They sit down, the woman to have her hair dyed, the man to have his face shaved. ... See full summary »
One of the kings of ancient Thebes enters the abode of an astrologer and demands that he be told his future. The former utterly refuses to forecast the coming events of his sovereign, even ... See full summary »
An eccentric photographer demonstrates the wonders of technology to a couple who want to be photographed by his innovative wireless procedure that accents one's inner personality. Are they prepared for the harsh truth of the camera's eye?
Georges Méliès presents his version of Molière's classic play "L'avare" (The Miser). The brief fragments presents a greedy old man who keep turning down several people who come to him in ... See full summary »
A couple people come to visit a genie in his lair and soon he begins to do tricks. The first is making a fire appear out of no where and then he turns this fire into a man before bringing forward a spirit. THE GENII OF FIRE is another trick film from Georges Melies and while it's entertaining from start to finish there's still no question that this is miles from the director's best work. The special effects here are actually pretty good and even though you can still tell how they were done, they're charming enough in their own way to where you can still enjoy them. The biggest problem is that we've seen so many great trick films from Melies that when you see something like this it just has a familiar tone to it and there's no question that nothing new is being done here. Still, fans of the director will want to check it out but those new to Melies will probably want to start somewhere else.
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