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Melies the Magician
- Georges Melies

Overview - Georges Melies' innovations led to some of the earliest examples of fantasy filmmaking in the history of cinema. His creative time lapses, early experiments and use of the cinematic technique gave birth to ways of storytelling still commonly used today.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Georges Melies' innovations led to some of the earliest examples of fantasy filmmaking in the history of cinema. His creative time lapses, early experiments and use of the cinematic technique gave birth to ways of storytelling still commonly used today. This collection of shorts and experiments ranges from avant-garde to science fiction to documentary and greatly influenced the art of cinema both as a narrative form and a dreamy forum for magical imagery. Included in this collection are the following short films: "The Four Troublesome Heads" (1898), "Fat and Lean Wrestling Match" (1900),"The One-Man Band" (1900), "The Man with the Rubber Head" (1901), "Bluebeard" (1901), "A Trip to the Moon" (1902), "The Infernal Boiling Pot" (1903), "The Infernal Cakewalk" (1903), "The Music Lover (1903), The Living Playing Cards (1904), Hilarious Posters (1904), Imperceptible Transmutations" (1904), "Untameable Whiskers" (1904), "The Scheming Gambler's Paradise" (1905), and "The Devilish Tenant" (1909). Also included are several early experimental tests that Melies attempted and a documentary explaining the man and his vision, "The Magic of Melies" (1997) by Jacques Meny.

Cast List

Georges Melies - FRENCH DIRECTOR/PIONEER
Jacques Meny - Film Historian and Documentarian

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 103
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 738329058821
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: April 2008

Related Categories:
Movies > Science-Fiction/Fantasy

Related Keywords:
Fantasy
Silent
Surreal
Magic
Silent Cinema
Cinema
Film About Film
Silent Films
Film History
Film Directors

 
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Reviews:
"...The cinematic tools we take for granted -- dissolves, wipes, special effects -- first saw the light of screen under the direction of conjurer Georges Melies..." - 01/11/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.24

 
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