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The Wandering Jew (1905)

Le juif errant (original title)
Based on an early 13th century myth, this short film tells the story of a Jew who is forced to walk throughout eternity having refused water to Christ on his way to Calvary. He falls asleep... See full summary »

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Georges Méliès
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Based on an early 13th century myth, this short film tells the story of a Jew who is forced to walk throughout eternity having refused water to Christ on his way to Calvary. He falls asleep and sees a vision of himself as a youth, when he refused the water Christ asked of him; he plods on and runs into Satan who beats him with his staff; he makes his way through a frightful storm. On and on he goes, forced to walk through time until the Second Coming. Written by Tornado_Sam

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France

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10 May 1905 (Denmark) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Beautiful Visual Look
28 July 2018 | by He_who_lurksSee all my reviews

Apparently this short, three-scene Méliès film is based on a little known myth about a Jewish man forced to wander throughout eternity for refusing Christ water before his crucifixion. It also appears to be the second surviving religious picture by this director (since "Christ Walking on the Water" from 1899 is considered lost). However, I'm not sure why Méliès chose to adapt this particular story, since it doesn't appear to be very well known. With that said, the result is utterly beautiful with some extremely convincing special effects and gorgeous sets. While there's little plot, Méliès as always adds his own little touches, such as the superimposed vision sequence, the angel, etc.

If you're familiar with the director's work, anyone with only half a set of smarts would guess that he takes the role of the Jew. This leaves the role of Satan to be played by somebody else, strange considering the devil was a character Méliès played in almost all of his films. It was odd to see Satan in this movie have little bat wings and be dressed differently. Despite Méliès's overplaying in his part as the Wandering Jew, the visual look of this film and the message makes it a must-see for anyone who's a fan of Méliès's work or of these old movies in general.


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