The picture opens with the Sultan lying down to rest on his luxurious cushioned couch. The scene changes to the grounds around the palace. An odd-looking tree appears in the foreground and ...
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The picture opens with the Sultan lying down to rest on his luxurious cushioned couch. The scene changes to the grounds around the palace. An odd-looking tree appears in the foreground and turns into a hobgoblin, which shakes its arms at the Sultan. The Sultan seizes his sword and stabs at the feirce looking object, when it turns into Mephistopheles, who seizes the Sultan and places him on a scaffold, and just as they are about to dispatch him, the dream ends; and he finds himself once more on his comfortable couch. Very marvelous mystical changes from start to finish.Written by
Many of George Melies's movies involve someone trying to get some sleep. Of course, the great director's fertile mind often worked best when dealing with dream worlds. In this one, an Indian rajah (sultan) tries to sleep. First an enormous butterfly distracts him, then his bed disappears and he finds himself outside. There he encounters disappearing benches, herds of women, and a devil who wants to sword-fight him. It's all pointless delight.
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