An ancient tower, in which is seated the magician, occupies the centre of the stage. On either side of the tower is a statue. The magician waves his hands and the tower and both statues ... See full summary »
The picture opens showing a gentleman in full evening dress costume. Removing his opera hat and cloak, he leaves the hat on the table and by a few passes causes it to assume immense ... See full summary »
A traveler is shown to a room in an inn. After a brief dispute with the hostess and a porter, he is left to himself. But strange things begin to happen in his room, and before long he has ... See full summary »
In this spectacular free adaptation of the popular theatre play "La Biche au Bois", the valiant Prince Bel-Azor pursues a baleful old witch to her impregnable castle, to save the beautiful young Princess Azurine.
The entire story of Christmastide is here depicted. The scene opens in a large boudoir of an apparently wealthy man's home. His children, assisted by their governess, are about to retire. ... See full summary »
This is just a little technical jeu d'esprit by Méliès but it has a certain context. "Géant et nain" (Méliès had deliberately reversed the tile although this has a slightly clumsy sound in French this way round, just as it would in English) was the title of a vaudeville act (a comic wrestling routine) featuring two clowns, les frères Marco, one of whom was very tall and the other of whom was a dwarf. Their performance was celebrated and the subject of a famous sketch by artist Toulouse-Lautrec published in "Le Rire". They were also filmed by the Lumières in 1896. This may also have in part inspired the idea of the "fat and the lean wrestler" used by Méliès in Nouvelels Luttes Extravagantes the year before.
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