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.
A traveler is shown to a room in an inn. After a brief dispute with the hostess and a porter, he is left to himself. But strange things begin to happen in his room, and before long he has ... See full summary »
A fairy godmother magically turns Cinderella's rags to a beautiful dress, and a pumpkin into a coach. Cinderella goes to the ball, where she meets the Prince - but will she remember to leave before the magic runs out?
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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