In this spectacular free adaptation of the popular theatre play "La Biche au Bois", the valiant Prince Bel-Azor pursues a baleful old witch to her impregnable castle, to save the beautiful young Princess Azurine.
Through a rapid succession of drawings, ingenious disguises and soft dissolves, the director portrays a quick-sketch artist who transforms to various characters according to the static outlines on his chalkboard.
As we are treated with a rare appearance from a true master of the miraculous Asian thaumaturgy, a fine display of multiplication commences, and a serene young geisha completes the enchantment. What does the Chinese conjurer have in mind?
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Faust sells his soul in order to have wisdom and also Marguerite, whose he loves. Mephistopheles gets him his wish, knowing he has Faust's soul. Her brother, home from war, engages Faust, but with the devil's help, her lover kills her brother. She tries to pray but it is no use. Faust is taken off to burn for eternity and Marguerite is left behind, dead. But this tale takes care of her. Pretty good effort.
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