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.
Released under different titles in France--and not surprisingly, often confused with its analogous 1896 movie, "Le Manoir du Diable (1896)"--Georges Méliès' Haunted Castle is considered, by all means, a remake.
It sure helps if you know the story of "Robinson Crusoe", as this really is NOT a complete or even comprehensible recreation of the story. Instead, Georges Méliès recreates several scenes from the film. However, they really don't have any explanation as to what's occurring, no intertitle cards (they were not yet invented) and is very fragmentary. However, I still give it a relatively high score because there are complex sets (for 1903) and lots of costumes. While today none of this looks very exciting, for 1903, the film maker really outdid himself and this was, believe it or not, a high budget production. Just try watching some other 1903 films and you'll see what I mean. I also wonder if perhaps originally this might have been an longer and less fragmentary film. Who knows?
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