Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of the famous fairy tale story of Jack and his magic beanstalk. Borrowing on cinematographic methods ... See full summary »
La cella di un condannato a morte. L'uomo sta dormendo e sogna il passato che lo ha portato in prigione : vita frenetica, cattive amicizie, alcolismo, l'assassinio di un cassiere di banca. ... See full summary »
A sorcerer tosses an iridescent little beetle into a flaming ceremonial cauldron, and much to his amazement, a six-winged fairy in the body of a beautiful young woman emerges. Is his sorcery potent enough to tame her?
The Kino Video DVD says this Pathé Frères film was made in 1905 and IMDb says 1902. Regardless, this is a pretty amazing film for that time--having a hand colored print, good sets for the time and a pretty long narrative during a day when one or two minutes was the norm for films. So, technically it's a wonderful film but can't quite reach the fabulous quality of the films of French rival,Georges Méliès (the absolute master of special effects and plots of this time). But for an "almost as good as" film, it's awfully good for its time. However, there are two big problems. One is with the Kino print. For some dumb reason, the company chose to put several Pathé films on this DVD (THE MOVIES BEGIN: VOLUME THREE) that STILL used the original French inter-title cards--and there was no English captioning whatsover!! I have a pretty basic knowledge of French, so I was able to follow along okay and the film is done with very few of these cards anyway. Second, even with proper cards, a lot of the action just seems very vague and confusing. With less confusion, this film probably would have merited a 9--though it is STILL quite a spectacular film.
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