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Le vitrail diabolique (1910)

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A stain-glass window with a picture of a young maiden on it is used by Satan to torture an elderly alchemist, who ends up in Hell after a diabolical encounter with the devil himself.

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Georges Méliès
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A stain-glass window with a picture of a young maiden on it is used by Satan to torture an elderly alchemist, who ends up in Hell after a diabolical encounter with the devil himself.

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Cool but VERY confusing.
21 September 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I noticed that the "Georges Méliès Encore" DVD put all the bizarre and difficult to understand shorts towards the end of the disc. Among them, this is THE most confusing. I do understand that the weird looking guy with the feather on his head is supposed to be the Devil--but he looks nothing like what modern illustrators would conceive. It's Georges Méliès himself in this role. Without intertitle cards, it's hard to know exactly what's transpiring--and I watched it twice to be as certain as I could! A guy is apparently working on stained glass panels for a church. The Devil sneaks in and gives the guy a Mickey. While asleep, the Devil messes with the stained glass. Then, the guy awakens and does a whole lotta magic (a trademark of a Georges Méliès film) in which he makes ladies appear and disappear--all to the detriment of the story--which, is appears, is practically non-existent. Nice effects, incomprehensible story.


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