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Justinian's Human Torches (1907)

Les torches humaines (original title)
Emperor Justinian is hosting a party, and, for the entertainment of his court, he has three victims of his choice tied to stakes, which are then set on fire.

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Georges Méliès
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Emperor Justinian is hosting a party, and, for the entertainment of his court, he has three victims of his choice tied to stakes, which are then set on fire.

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France

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June 1908 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Lesser Melies Title
17 August 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Justinian's Human Torches (1908)

** (out of 4)

aka Les torches humaines

This film from French master Georges Melies isn't going to rank well against his best work but fans of his will still want to check it out. Set during what appears to be a Roman party, three men are wrapped up and placed on a stake where they are set on fire. As you can see, it's easy to see where the title comes from. This film clocks in at just four-minutes and it's pretty pointless all the way up until the ending when the men are finally set on fire. I'm not sure what the director was going for here because this certainly doesn't work as a comedy and I wouldn't call it a "trick" film either. I guess Melies just wanted to appeal to some people's dark side by showing some people set on fire. Again, this is certainly nothing special and will mainly appeal to those who must see everything available by the director.


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