Melies the Magician (1898)




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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.


Critic Reviews for Melies the Magician

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Dazzling collection of groundbreaking shorts by the French cinema pioneer

Mar 4, 2002

An excellent historical documentary made for television that is meant more for cineastes than the general public.

Mar 12, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The middle section is spellbinding

Nov 6, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Actually, I found Melies, himself, fascinating and enjoyed learning about him and his creativity, but the documentary itself doesn't shine with the enthusiasm of Melies.

Jun 5, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Melies the Magician


A fun movie, but not his best.

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