Sunday, September 03, 2006

Le Monstre

Georges Méliès... Le Monstre (The Monster, 1903, .mpg video 02:55). "...Set against an exotic backdrop of pyramids, the Nile, and a great the Sphinx, Georges Méliès' The Monster (Le Monstre) seems, at first glance, to be a typical Méliès magic film in which a bearded magician demonstrates a series of tricks with an animated skeleton in front of a single well-dressed spectator. The effects are similar to those used in Méliès films ranging from The Vanishing Lady (1896) to The Infernal Cauldron (1903), and in many ways this is a rare instance of a Méliès film in which the magic tricks are actually upstaged by the elaborate scenic backdrop." From Georges Méliès Digital Video Files.


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