This shows a prince entering upon the stage of the King's private theatre. He is about to do a few mystifying tricks for the amusement of the court. Taking a large sheet of cardboard, he ...
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In this spectacular free adaptation of the popular theatre play "La Biche au Bois", the valiant Prince Bel-Azor pursues a baleful old witch to her impregnable castle, to save the beautiful young Princess Azurine.
Deep into a vast cavern of the pitch-black inferno, a couple of professional dancers demonstrate the cakewalk that is currently so much in vogue, and now, everyone in the once-gloomy underworld is doing the crazy dance. Who is the best?
An ancient tower, in which is seated the magician, occupies the centre of the stage. On either side of the tower is a statue. The magician waves his hands and the tower and both statues ... See full summary »
Through a rapid succession of drawings, ingenious disguises and soft dissolves, the director portrays a quick-sketch artist who transforms to various characters according to the static outlines on his chalkboard.
This shows a prince entering upon the stage of the King's private theatre. He is about to do a few mystifying tricks for the amusement of the court. Taking a large sheet of cardboard, he rolls it into the shape of a tube. Showing that it is entirely empty, he holds it over the table, and a figure is seen gradually coming into view; and before the eye can perceive the change we behold a beautiful Tyrol dancing girl standing on the table with the tube around her. Lifting the tube over her head, the prince assists her down from the table and she executes a tambourine dance. Then, placing a chair and a stool on the stage, he hypnotizes her. Drawing the tube over her he places her horizontally supported by the head and feet. She is next seen to fade away, only to reappear standing on the table. He takes her hand to assist her down. When she reaches the floor, we behold the princess in her place. The prince attempts to kiss her and finds that he is going to kiss the Tyrolese. Bidding her ...Written by
Melies plays a magician who pulls a man out from a magic box only to then turn him into a woman and vice versa. This is a pretty good film and one of the more popular ones from the director. There's really nothing overly special here but the special effects hold up quite well and there's a pleasant charm running throughout. Melies had done this type of film several times before but he makes the tricks here seem fresh and original. This isn't the best example of his work but it is a good starting place for newbies.
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