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The Magic Lantern (1903)

La lanterne magique (original title)
In this brief "trick film" two clowns assemble an enormous magic lantern which first projects moving images, then emits dancing girls.

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Two impish clowns construct a magic lantern. They prop it up at an angle, and use it to project pictures onto a wall. When the picture show ends, they open up the lantern to reveal a group of dancing girls inside - and this is only the first of the indications that this lantern really is magical. Written by Snow Leopard

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Creative & Entertaining
3 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This creative little feature is one of the more entertaining of Georges Méliès's many short visual effects movies. It has some witty ideas that are put onto film with good craftsmanship and plenty of energy, and it is not without some light but subtle commentary as well.

It starts with two clowns setting up a "Magic Lantern", and then they use it both as expected and in unexpected ways. There is quite a variety of visual effects, and almost all of them are executed carefully and nearly seamlessly. The tricks with the dancing girls might be particularly impressive, since it clearly took some doing to make them work.

The pace also builds nicely, from an easygoing start to increasingly manic activity. It works well, and makes for good entertainment.


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