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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

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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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You Can't Turn Your Back on Them
13 March 2008 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Melies most frequently imitated piece -- including by him -- was his L'AUBERGE MYSTERIEUSE. Here, wearing a comic outfit, he enters a room, to be devilled by unseen spirits which move things around, steal his hat and generally make him want to leave the room. It's all done with Melies' usual flair and good humor and if it's only a variation, it's a wonderful one.

This is one of the many previously lost or infrequently seen Melies pictures that have been made available by Serge Bromberg, David Shepherd and a myriad of other hands in the newly issued DVD set GEORGES MELIES: FIRST WIZARD OF CINEMA. Required viewing for anyone interested in the history of movies ..... and a lot of fun.


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