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A Desperate Crime (1906)

Les incendiaires (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Crime, Drama
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.

Director:

Georges Méliès

Writer:

Gaston Méliès (scenario)
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Credited cast:
Manuel Manuel ... The Chief Bandit
Georges Méliès ... Executioner's Assistant
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Storyline

A gang of thieves and murderers plans an attack on a farmer's house. They kill his two faithful servants and burn the farmer in order to get the location of his receipts from his market sales. The farmer does not give in. When the robbers are about to burn the feet of the farmer's child, the wife in desperation gives in and reveals the secret. Just as the robbers are escaping the wife manages to catch a glimpse of the chief's face. Then later the thieves' abode is discovered by the police. A chase follows, resulting with the capture of the chief, who is found guilty when at his trial the farmer's wife makes her appearance and accuses the thief. As punishment for his crimes, the robber is executed by guillotine and his body tossed into an unmarked grave. Written by Tornado_Sam

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Short | Crime | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Fascinating look into early film making genius.
21 March 2001 | by bagziSee all my reviews

An amazing look into early film making by the French pioneer Georges Méliès, a man who was way before his time (see Voyage dans la lune, Le (1902) )

A man is murdered and the killer bought to justice by the guillotine. What really struck me as amazing about this film was the depth of imagination with the storytelling, especially a dream sequence where the man waiting for his ultimate faith has visions... I was wanting to find out what the real significance of this was if anyone could please enlighten us that would be great! There are no title cards for this silent film.

I recommend this to anyone with a fascination for the history of film making.


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