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.
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?
Some mattress makers take a break from their work to drink in the saloon. While they're gone a tramp climbs into the mattress to warm himself. When the mattress makers come back they sew ... See full summary »
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.
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.
In terms of an original storyline, this Melies film doesn't contain that but it's still a lot of fun. A musician is in his room trying to learn a new song but the maid comes in and interrupts him, which causes him to fly off the handle and kick the tray out of her hands. Then the room comes to life and the musicians is about to find himself being tortured. Melies was a master at the trick film and this here shows his talents at the highest level. Even though we've seen this type of film from him before I still had a blast here as the sheet music kept moving to different levels where the musician couldn't read it and even better is when his violin turns to a tuba and then various other instruments. The highlight of the film are the last few moments when he's trying to play the piano but it starts dancing across the room and then violently attacks the musician. This isn't one of Melies best known works but it's a very good one.
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