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.
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?
Despite the English title ('The Mysterious Island'), this short fantasy is not based on the Verne novel but is rather a stagy recreation of the story of Calypso and Ulysses (although the film ends up being a mix of tales from the Odyssey). Briefly, the great Greek hero falls sleeps in front of a cave on Calypso's Island. Nymphs appear who seduce him with music and flowers awaiting the appearance of Calypso but when he tries to follow her into the grotto, he is stopped by the giant cyclops Polyphemus. Eventually Ulysses gruesomely thrusts a spear into the monster's single eye and escapes. The simple film is shot on a single set but the double exposures used to depict the cyclops are quite effective for the time. Very good for what it is: an early trick film from one of most imaginative of the early filmmakers.
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