Georges Méliès: First Wizard of Cinema (1896-1913) (1896)
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You'll never find a better collection of old silent films than this one of Georges Méliès work. It includes essentially everything still known to be in existence. Most of his work was short, between 1 minute and 20, but it is often quite fun. Some things are better than others, what can you expect from over 500 pieces of work. Obviously many things are considered lost, and some things in the collection of poor picture quality, but this set really is quite good considering their source material. If you'd like to see many of his trick films, or just his fantasy adventure work, check out this collection.
In the beginning, there was Melies. It is virtually impossible to truly appreciate the contributions of the man who was the father of the 'magic' of cinema. Every practical special effect was his discovery: superimpostion of exposure to allow multiple image, multispeed exposure, backward exposure, jump cuts to seemlessly allow objects and actors to appear and disappear, and the use of elaborate sets to, rather than perfect, fully suggest the imaginative potential of this particularly dishonest medium. As a magician, Melies happened to be the first to understand the illusory nature of film, as more than just a simple way to capture a 'moving picture', but achieve instead a moving dream. Someone, at sometime, would probably have figured out how to do all of this. Melies did it first. And many of his short fantasies are still baffling to amateurs today. Absolutely essential for young filmmakers, fascinating entertainment for everyone else.
You have to check out Melies' work, he was really ahead of his times.
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