A scientist pours water into a tub. Flames rise up, then the scientist takes out some dresses, which are draped upon statues. The statues change into a bevy of dancing girls who perform a dance routine.
In this 1-minute fragment of a 4-minute original, a magician does some tricks with a die, including making it grow, spin and open up to reveal a giant bower of flowers, which in turn fall back to reveal a beautiful fairy.
The conjurer appears at a blackboard and shows the head of a knight on it. He seizes the picture of the head, removes it from the blackboard, and it turns into life and bows and smiles ... See full summary »
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.
Two thieves, Robert Macaire and Bertrand, are eating at an outdoor restaurant, when they find themselves left alone. So, spying their chance, they make off with everything on the table. The... See full summary »
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 musketeer bows to the audience and proceeds to hang his hat, coat and vest on the wall in a most amazing manner. Being in need of two pages, he brings them out of his coat, and with rope ... See full summary »
In a room filled with jugglers' properties of enormous size a prestidigitateur dressed in eccentric costume enters with his assistant. The servant, believing that he would be comfortable in... See full summary »
In response to what the other reviewer said, I'd like to point out that the earliest adaptation of the Odyssey I've seen was made two years before, in 1902's "Le Jugement de Paris" which only briefly recreates a short scene from the beginning of the book. This three-minute film is a single scene representation of the story of Ulysses. I don't know the story myself, so I'm guessing that this brief interpretation is only part of it.
The film begins with a realistic-looking (and quite beautiful) set of the entrance to a cave. Ulysses (played by Méliès, I think) enters the scene and falls asleep only to be discovered by some nymphs of the goddess Calypso who dance around him. Then, Calypso herself enters and lures Ulysses to the entrance of the cave, when she disappears. Ulysses then is stopped by a huge cyclops who 'threatens' to kill him so he has to fight the monster. The special effects here are extremely obvious that they just superimposed the actor's head onto the set (which could be understandable due to the limited technology at the time). However, what's worse is that while the cyclops does have a single eye, the other two actual eyes of the actor are just closed and it looks so obvious that it just looks like a huge guy's head with his eyes closed. I'm sure even at the time they could have found a way to create a more convincing effect. As it is, the sets and costumes look great and it's interesting to think why Méliès decided to adapt this particular story.
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