A poor but honest young man wins the hand of a beautiful Princess after facing a series of exciting adventures involving apparitions, cartwheeling skeletons, a dragon, and plump dancing girls from the Folies Bergere.
A gang of cutthroats set ablaze a farmhouse after killing the farmer and stealing the proceeds of his sales. Captured and tried for his crimes, the pitiless plunderer faces death by guillotine, but first, a night of pure agony awaits.
Despite all methods of instantaneously masking a clandestine gambling den's shady activities, the risk of getting caught is high, especially when the police thirsts for success. But, sometimes, indulging in pure fun is just too tempting.
Sound asleep in his comfortable armchair next to a high-pressure retort, a mystic silver-haired alchemist can't even notice the strange manifestations emerging from the vessel's bottom. Is this a dream, or a cornucopia of secreted desires?
A man needs to get to Monte Carlo from Paris, but finds out that a train will take 17 hours to get there. He decides to go with a man with a special car, who claims that he can get there in just two hours. Complications ensue.
Having seen over one-hundred films from Melies, to date this here is the worst. A poor chimney sweeper, a young child, dreams that he is rich and sitting on a throne as people dance for him. This 10-minute short was pretty much a chore to sit through and I can't remember a time when I was so bored with something from Melies filmmography. I've heard that this was Melies attempt to shine a light on child labor laws and perhaps what this was meant to be but that never really comes across on screen. Usually these longer Melies films come with a narration track and it's funny that I recently said they weren't needed but it actually was here. There's never any real idea where the film is trying to go or what it's trying to do. The fantasy sequence is way too boring to hold up the longer running time and there's not an ounce of that magic that Melies is so well-known for.
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