The clip shows a jockey, Domm, riding a horse, Sally Gardner. The clip is not filmed but instead consists of 24 individual photographs shot in rapid succession, making a moving picture when using a zoopraxiscope.
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.
Scientists from all over the world are meeting to discuss the best way to reach the North Pole. Professor Maboul demonstrates for them the innovative equipment that he has designed for the ... See full summary »
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?
Contrary to what IMDb says, Georges Melies originally adapted the story of Robinson Crusoe at the end of 1902, in a fifteen-minute spectacle enhanced with lovely sets and beautiful coloring. But is it available for all us who want to see it today? No! Even though a beautifully hand-colored nitrate print of the film has been discovered for already six years, the most I've seen of it is a one-minute, black and white fragment and a three-minute rendition of it with modern title cards on YouTube using the scenes from the fragment PLUS a few brief scenes from the newly restored version...that's it.
Besides this YouTube rendition, nothing else of this movie appears to be available online. If you browse the internet you can find a few images of restored frames from the nitrate print (such as the final apotheosis scene). These images I have just today added to IMDb for anyone interested.
It is such a shame that nothing else of this movie is available. The coloring in the YouTube version is very beautiful, and there are some great sets and costumes. As for the new effect, this turns out to be a double exposure used to show lightening flashing across the sky in the storm scene. This is not the first time I've seen this effect used with Melies, however; in the sixth installment of 1899's "L'affaire Dreyfus" film series, this effect was put to the same use.
So far, I have to say this looks like a great movie. But we need more. So maybe someday the Cinematheque Francaise will remember us Melies fans out there and think to add the newly restored print on YouTube. In the meantime, for those who want to know more about the content of the film, download the RUcore PDF file from online which contains a facsimile of Melies's Star Film Catalogue (called "Complete Catalogue of Genuine and Original 'Star' Films"). In it, you will find Melies's own descriptions of SOME of the films, both lost and restored, that he directed..."Robinson Crusoe" included!
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