Melies the Magician (1898) - Rotten Tomatoes

Melies the Magician (1898)

Melies the Magician





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
On DVD: Nov 6, 2001

News & Interviews for Melies the Magician

Critic Reviews for Melies the Magician

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Dazzling collection of groundbreaking shorts by the French cinema pioneer

Full Review… | March 4, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 12, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The middle section is spellbinding

November 6, 2004

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.

Full Review… | June 5, 2004
Hollywood Report Card

Audience Reviews for Melies the Magician


A fun movie, but not his best.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Melies the Magician Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Melies the Magician on our Movie forum!