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Chimney Sweep (1906)

Jack le ramoneur (original title)
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A young enslaved chimney sweep named Jack finds a box of jewels in a chimney which restores his well-being.

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Georges Méliès
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A young enslaved chimney sweep named Jack finds a box of jewels in a chimney which restores his well-being.

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10-minute fragment by Melies
25 April 2017 | by He_who_lurksSee all my reviews

Though many think this is a complete fantasy movie by the french filmmaker Georges Melies, what is here is apparently, according to the description in Melies's Catalogue of Genuine and Original Star Films, an exceptionally long fragment of an original 16 minute original work. There is plenty of evidence: at the 'beginning' there's a trace of a dissolve from another scene just disappearing. The ending is also missing because it ends unexpectedly in the midst of some action. It is too bad the beginning sections and ending sections are gone because as one of Melies's longer movies it deserves recognition.

The film is about a boy named Jack who's kidnapped and made into a chimney sweep by his rather cruel boss. At night he dreams about being made king and having people dance for him, but this comes to an end so it's back to work. Then, while climbing a chimney one day he finds a treasure hidden in the chimney which is rightly his, and a comedic chase ensues with some nice outdoor scenery.

Considering the thing is fragmentary, I'm not sure what to say about this. I suppose if it was all there it would be a very watchable movie, but, like the other reviewer said, it's hard to see what the director was trying to do here. Thus, it probably isn't worthwhile for anybody except Melies fans because it simply doesn't tell a complete story.

(Note: The complete summary of the film from Melies's catalogue I could read through a facsimile PDF file which I found online. There are descriptions in the catalogue for both lost, surviving, and fragmentary works, so it is possible to know what some of these unavailable movies featured. Also, if you own the Flicker Alley box set then the narration on there is provided by these descriptions, penned by Melies himself).


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