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The Magic of Melies (1904-1908)

Cast: Georges Méliès
Director: Georges Méliès
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Studio: Kino
Genre: Classics, Classic Action/Adventure, Classic Comedy, Short Films, Silent, Silent Comedies, Classic Sci Fi/Fantasy, Silent Action/Adventure
Running Time: 379 min.
Languages: English

Synopsis
Decades before the term special effects was coined, audiences of the newborn cinema were witnessing spectacular screen illusions, courtesy of the medium s first master magician: Georges Méliès. Such films as THE ECLIPSE (1907) and LONG DISTANCE WIRELESS PHOTOGRAPHY (1908) not only demonstrate Méliès s astounding employment of double exposure, makeup, editing and theatrical trickery but provide mesmerizing insight into the social context of his work, which blended Victorian approaches to astronomy, superstition and feminine beauty with the unnatural wonders of 20th-century technology and heavy doses of slapstick. The centerpiece of the collection is THE IMPOSSIBLE VOYAGE (1904), presented with the authentic frame-by-frame hand-coloring and narration penned by Méliès himself. GEORGES MÉLIÈS: CINEMA MAGICIAN is a documentary on the filmmaker s life, integrating rare photographs, early drawings and numerous clips. It charts Méliès rise from shoe factory worker to proprietor of Paris s mystical Théatre Robert-Houdin, where he learned the skills to become a cinematic illusionist and developed an interest in the supernatural, exquisitely represented in The Mysterious Retort (1906) and The Black Imp (1905).

Includes:
The Untamable Whiskers (1904)
The Cook In Trouble (1904)
Tchin-Chao, The Chinese Conjurer (1904)
The Wonderful Living Fan (1904)
The Mermaid (1904)
The Living Playing Cards (1905)
The Black Imp (1905)
The Enchanted Sedan Chair (1905)
The Scheming Gambler's Paradise (1905)
The Hilarious Posters (1906)
The Mysterious Retort (1906)
The Eclipse (1907)
Good Glue Sticks (1907)
Long Distance Wireless Photography (1908)
The Impossible Voyage (1904)
Georges Méliès: Cinema Magician (1978)




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