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Le squelette joyeux (1898)

A skeleton dances joyously, often collapsing into a heap of bones and quickly putting itself back together.

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Louis Lumière
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Can the macabre and the grotesque be humorous? Before our very eyes, Auguste Lumière and Louis Lumière's creepy and bleached skeleton transforms into a merry and loose-jointed artist, bent on dazzling us with his pleasing dancing figures. However, this ambitious performer still needs to hone his skills, as those slender but clumsy skeletal limbs keep detaching from the torso over and over again. Will the merry skeleton ever reach perfection? Written by Nick Riganas

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France

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20 March 1898 (France) See more »

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The Dancing Skeleton See more »

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Lumière See more »
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Silent
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As about as fictitious as the Lumiere Brothers got
26 October 2017 | by He_who_lurksSee all my reviews

Honestly, this short subject was indeed made by the Lumiere Bros! Go ahead and laugh but it's true. Auguste and Louis Lumiere's films were often slices of everyday activities that will today be mostly of interest to film historians. Sometimes the Bros DID, however, create shorts that were staged just a bit, such as the primitive comedy "Tables Turned on the Gardener". But "The Joyeus Skeleton" is the closest I've ever seen the Bros get to the kind of filmmaking Georges Melies was turning out at the exact same time, not a trick film but certainly far from a documentary. It features a skeleton marionette (never mind that crud about it being stop-motion animation) dancing and flinging his bones around so that he falls apart. It is quite a clever idea and is interesting for the development of the Bros' films, and amazingly enough it's actually one of the few Lumiere films that can still entertain today. (If you wanna see it, many YouTube uploads have a fun music track that sounds like clacking bones which makes the watch more fun).


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