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Les illusions fantaisistes (1909)

An intense magician and his hardworking assistant crams as much as they can into their uptempo act. No story at all, only lots of reasonably well-made cinematographic tricks. Not in my book of skeleton-bashing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwTlHPlQRKU Advertisements

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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

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La lanterne magique (1903)

A couple of almost irritatingly spunky little commedia dell’arte characters leads the way in this slightly bizarre mix of projections, magic, dancing, and mild grotesqueries. Interesting early use of movies within the movie, but too much jolly »bensprattel« for my … Continue reading

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A trip to Mars (1910)

Reverse gravity! Humanoid trees! Cruel giants! A rotating house! Funny, inventive, silly, clumsy. Not in my book of space travel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np7VImsSMQM

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Le livre magique (1900)

More Méliès magic when the pages come alive! Far too repetitive, though. Therefore not in my book of books. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OmqWrn6EMs

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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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