Tag Archives: 1890s

Guillaume Tell et le clown (1898)

Odd pairing of combatants, and no apple is shot on anyone’s head. Doesn’t impress technically, and the fighting is only mildly funny. Not in my book of filmed variety numbers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfCTSq_jImg Advertisements

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La lune à un mètre (1898)

Unhappy, unlucky, and exceedingly clumsy astronomer, continuously tormented by all kinds of strange and weird obstacles. Arresting, however not in my book of dreams. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8SMIiQZUcs

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Le magicien (1898)

A bearded, white-haired, robed conjurer with pointed, star-studded hat is rapidly followed by a confused, soup-eating pierrot figure and finally a struggling sculptor. Quite incoherent. Not in my book of scriptwriting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTXIe7SekPs

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Illusions fantasmagoriques (1898)

Magic both inside and outside of a box. High tempo and nice tricks, even if this doesn’t qualify for my book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkgpxecA7AI

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L’auberge ensorcelée (1897)

Yet another traveller exposed to plenty of mischief and trickery! Quick and effortless, though far from my book of sorcery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rdjuj9vNLw

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Partie d’écarté (1896)

The Lumière Brothers’ original version of this one is equally uninteresting. Don’t play it again, Sam. Historical merit maybe, but far from my book of playing and drinking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MsdOqm9gPM

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Scène d’escamotage (1898)

The lady vanishes! I wonder if these technical trickeries was (is?) considered cheating in magic circles? Anyway, the secrets are far too easily guessed. Not in my book of technical wizardry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0rJdQiaQsc

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