One of the kings of ancient Thebes enters the abode of an astrologer and demands that he be told his future. The former utterly refuses to forecast the coming events of his sovereign, even ...
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One of the kings of ancient Thebes enters the abode of an astrologer and demands that he be told his future. The former utterly refuses to forecast the coming events of his sovereign, even under the pain of death; but he brings forth a priestess who possesses the powers of divination. This priestess is introduced in a wonderful way: a throne is brought forward, and then a box from which the pieces of a statue are removed and piled up in regular order; the statue suddenly becomes animated. The king implores the latter to foretell his life. She commands him to look through a telescope toward the side of the room. A vision appears, disclosing him seated upon a chair of state and surrounded by his court, when suddenly he falls to the floor, dead from assassination. The king is furious. He seeks to kill the astrologer, but his sword is of no avail against this master magician. A bag of gold is finally brought, and when this is delivered the curse is lifted.Written by
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An astronomer (Georges Melies) creates a telescope that when you look into it you can see your future. King Thebes decides to take a look at his future and doesn't exactly get what he bargained for. When Flicker Alley released their "Georges Melies: First Wizard of Cinema" collection they included the various fragments of the director's work. This here is sadly one of the films that only exists in a fragment and it's a shame because the thing looks to be quite a bit of fun. There's just under two-minutes of footage available but you get a pretty good idea of what the director was going for. Whatever creatures are shown on screen should entertain horror movie fans and film buffs will enjoy the special effects used for the telescope to "show" its images. Hopefully one day a complete version will be found but until then at least we have this to see.
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