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Up-to-Date Spiritualism (1903)

Spiritisme abracadabrant (original title)
Falling into the same perplexing predicament that doomed the hapless travellers in Going to Bed Under Difficulties (1900), and The Bewitched Inn (1897), an unsuspecting man is harassed by an annoying poltergeist. Can he outsmart it?

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Georges Méliès (uncredited)
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Georges Méliès ... Le comique excentrique (uncredited)
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Falling into the same perplexing predicament that doomed the hapless travellers in Going to Bed Under Difficulties (1900), and The Bewitched Inn (1897), an unsuspecting man still in his broad-brimmed top hat and overcoat finds himself incessantly harassed by an annoying poltergeist. This time, the utterly uncooperative personal belongings seem unable to behave themselves and stay removed as intended, keeping reappearing on his head and body again and again. Unfortunately, not even a large and heavy wooden desk is enough to pin the insubordinate garments to the ground. Can the man outsmart the vindictive spirit? Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

France

Release Date:

1903 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amazing Spiritism See more »

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Georges Méliès,Star-Film See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Up to Date Spiritualism
28 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Up-To-Date Spiritualism (1900)

*** (out of 4)

aka Spiritisme abracadabrant

A man (once again played by Melies) goes into a haunted room to try and make it better but soon the room is playing tricks on him. This film runs just over a minute and once again Melies fills the entire time with one trick after another. The highlight of the movie is the man's attempt to take his hat off but it keeps coming back on his head. The special effects in the film are top notch and you really can't see any of the edits making them happen. This film certainly isn't anything original from the director but all the tricks are seen in a new way, which makes them come off very fresh.


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