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.
Pierrot comes to a miser's house to serenade his lover but he kicks him out. The lady on the moon offers him her hand. He serenades her till the greedy miser comes out and attempts to ... See full summary »
In what is considered to be the first remake in the history of cinema, the grand French director, Georges Méliès, directs his very first short film, influenced by the Lumière Brothers' original story in "Partie d'écarté (1896)".
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.
The sovereign Greek island of Ithaca, 8th century B.C. The Trojan War has been over for ten years, and the Greeks have come home victorious. Only one man is missing: the king of Ithaca, ... See full synopsis »
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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