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Georges Méliès

Georges Méliès

Conocido por: Directing · Cumpleaños: 1861-12-08

217 Películas

Biografía

Inicios. Nació el 8 de diciembre de 1861 en su casa Saint-Martin de París. Director de teatro y actor, su padre era un conocido empresario del calzado parisino. Desde pequeño mostró interés y habilidad en el dibujo. Durante su estancia en Inglaterra, y debido a que su falta de soltura con el idioma le impedía comprender las obras de teatro, entró en contacto con el mundo del ilusionismo al frecuentar la "Egyptian Hall", sala de variedades dirigida por el célebre mago Jasper Maskelyne. Más tarde regresa a París, y a pesar de sus intenciones de ingresar en la Escuela de Bellas Artes, es obligado por su familia a participar en el negocio del calzado. Se encargó de la reparación y el perfeccionamiento tecnológico de esta industria, mostrando las habilidades mecánicas que posteriormente le resultarían tan útiles. Cuando su padre se retiró del negocio, Méliès se negó a continuar con el mismo, utilizando su parte del reparto para comprar en 1888 el teatro "Robert Houdin", del que era asiduo visitante. Teatro. Con la incesante capacidad para el trabajo que caracterizó su vida, entre los años 1889 y 1890 combinó sus labores de director del teatro con las de reportero y dibujante en el periódico satírico La Griffe, donde su primo Adolphe ejercía como redactor jefe. Durante los años siguientes se escenifican en el teatro espectáculos de ilusionismo, cuyos decorados, trucos y maquinaria fueron en su mayoría creados por el propio Méliès. Cine. Cuando el 28 de diciembre de 1895 Méliès asistió invitado por los Lumière a la primera representación del Cinematógrafo, Méliès queda impresionado y su inagotable mente, que siempre está maquinando ideas, hace que lance una oferta para incluirlo en su función. Ante la negativa, Méliès experimenta para construir su propio cinematógrafo. Finalmente acaba comprando el aparato de otro inventor, Robert William Paul, y en abril de 1896 ya se halla realizando proyecciones en su teatro. Su deseo por crear sus propias películas le lleva a transformar el artilugio de Paul en una cámara con la que rueda su primer filme, Partida de naipes. El 5 de abril de 1896 proyectó las primeras películas en su teatro Robert Houdin; eran pequeñas escenas al aire libre, documentales similares a los de los hermanos Lumière. Su estilo evolucionó rápidamente, buscando crear películas parecidas a sus espectáculos de ilusionismo. Fue pionero en la utilización del truco de sustitución de elementos mediante el parado de la cámara, y también lo fue en la exposición múltiple del negativo (doble sobreimpresión), y los fundidos a negro y desde negro. Invirtió una gran cantidad de dinero para la creación del que se consideró el primer estudio de cine, en el que se utilizaron sistemas mecánicos para ocultar zonas al sol, trampillas y otros mecanismos de puesta en escena. En 1902, creó la que está considerada su obra capital, Viaje a la Luna. En ella, la evolución de la continuidad narrativa cinematográfica da un paso de gigante, al montar la secuencia del disparo del cañón que lleva a los astrónomos a la Luna y, a continuación, poner en escena un decorado con la cara animada de esta, que va creciendo en travelling inverso y sobre la que acaba aterrizando la nave/bala de cañón, clavándose en ella. Méliès intentó distribuir comercialmente Viaje a la Luna en Estados Unidos. Técnicos que trabajaban para Thomas Alva Edison lograron hacer copias de la película y las distribuyeron por toda Norteamérica. A pesar de que fue un éxito, Méliès nunca recibió dinero por su explotación. Creador de alrededor de quinientas películas, la paulatina transformación de la industria (monopolizada por Edison en Estados Unidos y Pathé en Francia), junto con la llegada de la Primera Guerra Mundial, afectaron a su negocio, que fue declinando sin remedio. Los negativos de sus películas fueron fundidos por un acreedor, ya que contenían plata.[2]​ En 1913, se retiró de todo contacto con el cine. Retiro. De 1915 a 1923, Méliès montó, con la ayuda de su familia, numerosos espectáculos en uno de sus dos estudios cinematográficos transformado en teatro. El plagio por parte de diversos creadores de obras cinematográficas de la época se sumó a la lista de motivos por los cuales el director abandona el medio. En 1923, acosado por las deudas, tuvo que vender propiedades y abandonar Montreuil. En 1925, se reencontró con una de sus principales actrices, Jeanne d'Alcy, que entonces regentaba un quiosco de juguetes y golosinas en la estación de Montparnasse. Méliès se casó con ella y comenzaron a regentar juntos la tienda. Allí será reconocido más tarde por Léon Druhot, director de Ciné-Journal, quien lo rescató del olvido. Desde 1925, su obra fue redescubierta por la vanguardia cinematográfica francesa, especialmente por los surrealistas, que reivindicaron su figura hasta el punto de que Méliès fue reconocido con la Legión de Honor en 1931 por toda su trayectoria. En 1932, se encuentra en el Castillo de Orly, casa de jubilación de la «Mutua del cine» (institución fundada en 1921 por Léon Brézillon, presidente del sindicato francés de productores cinematográficos), y allí vivirá el resto de sus días con su esposa Jeanne d'Alcy. Falleció en el hospital Léopold Bellan de París y sus restos descansan en el cementerio de Père-Lachaise. Poco antes de la muerte de Méliès en 1938, Henri Langlois, creador de la Cinemateca francesa, recuperó y restauró parte de sus películas. Georges Méliès fue el gran creador del cine de espectáculo y fantasía, dando el paso hacia la creación de un lenguaje de ficción para el cine del que carecía el cinematógrafo tomavistas de los Lumière. Desde 1946, el premio Méliès otorga anualmente el reconocimiento a la mejor película francesa.

Películas y Series de TV

1908.

27 Películas
The Indian Sorcerer

The Indian Sorcerer

1908
A sorcerer turns a small egg into a bigger one and keeps repeating this trick until the egg is large enough to do other things including delivering children.
The King and the Jester

The King and the Jester

1908
French short about King Francis I and his jester Triboulet, who form the basis for Hugo's play Le roi s'amuse (and Verdi's opera Rigoletto).
Humanity Through the Ages

Humanity Through the Ages

1908
An episodic narrative displaying examples of humankind's brutality, from the story of Cain and Abel through the Hague Convention of 1907.
Hallucinations pharmaceutiques ou Le truc de potard

Hallucinations pharmaceutiques ou Le truc de potard

1908
There's a chemistry lab, in which one or two people ingest the wrong drug -- apparently -- and have a seriously bad trip. Then there's this wizard in his cave, and a fairy appears -- then there's this...
Sideshow Wrestlers

Sideshow Wrestlers

1908
A man gets cajoled into working as a sideshow wrestler.
His First Job

His First Job

1908
Georges Melies' film has a new guy showing up in a store on his first day and he obviously just doesn't fit in as he makes one mistake after another.
In the Bogie Man's Cave

In the Bogie Man's Cave

1908
The Bogie Man's cave is one of the many triumphs of set design for Georges Méliès. More unusual for the pioneering French director is the grisly turn when the monster chops up his servant for a steami...
Conte de la grand-mère et rêve de l'enfant

Conte de la grand-mère et rêve de l'enfant

1908
The film begins with a grandmother reading a story to a small child before tucking him or her into bed (it's a bit difficult to tell which the tot is). No sooner has the mite fallen asleep than s/he b...
In the Barber Shop

In the Barber Shop

1908
One fine day at a barbershop that has stupid staff and very rude customers.
Les Patineurs

Les Patineurs

1908
A group of people take roller skating too far.
Why That Actor Was Late

Why That Actor Was Late

1908
An actor tries to get to a show on time. Many mishaps along the way.
Le Génie du feu

Le Génie du feu

1908
Not much of a plot. A couple is menaced by some sort of bizarre religious cult. Then they're saved.
Lully ou le violon brisé

Lully ou le violon brisé

1908
Si un violín se rompió realmente aquí, no podemos verlo. Lamentablemente, esta es una de las muchas películas de Georges Melies que solo están disponibles en un fragmento. Esperemos que algún día apar...
Justinian's Human Torches

Justinian's Human Torches

2
1908
During an orgy, Emperor Justinian orders three people to be torched alive.
La Bonne Bergère et la mauvaise princesse

La Bonne Bergère et la mauvaise princesse

1908
A good shepherdess is persecuted by an evil, tantrum-throwing princess. A good fairy decides to intervene, and dishes out quite a bit of retribution.
French interpreter policeman

French interpreter policeman

1908
The seven-minute film takes place inside a classroom where some cops are learning English.
The Miser

The Miser

1908
This Georges Melies film is only available in a five-minute fragment. The film starts off with a title card setting up the events. An elderly miser keep all of his money to himself and refuses to help...
Le nouveau seigneur du village

Le nouveau seigneur du village

1908
There's a scene in a village, then there's a scene out in the wilderness with what appear to be gods, and a giant crab, and a giant frog... then there's another scene in the village... and that's it.
The Mischance of a Photographer

The Mischance of a Photographer

1908
A family goes to a photographer. The photographer pushes the boy around, and no one seems to care. The boy gets his revenge.
The Good Luck of a 'Souse'

The Good Luck of a 'Souse'

1908
This film from George Melies is sadly one that's only available in fragments. The film starts off with a title card stating that a drunk man has just thrown his family out a window. We see a couple of...
The Dream of an Opium Fiend

The Dream of an Opium Fiend

2
1908
The opium fiend is seen in a den, puffing on this terrible narcotic. He then falls fast asleep and dreams that he is at home with his wife. He asks for something to drink and he is given wine, which h...
Le Tambourin fantastique

Le Tambourin fantastique

1908
Trucos de magia en un entorno medieval.
Not Guilty

Not Guilty

1908
Three burglars invade a house, kill two people, and blind a third person, a woman. The police arrest the wrong man.
A Tricky Painter’s Fate

A Tricky Painter’s Fate

1908
A painter boards a train and puts his paintings in the windows so that they look like passengers.
The Prophetess of Thebes

The Prophetess of Thebes

1908
Partially lost film. One of the kings of ancient Thebes enters the abode of an astrologer and demands that he be told his future. The former utterly refuses to forecast the coming events of his sovere...
Buncoed Stage Johnnie

Buncoed Stage Johnnie

1908
This Georges Melies film is one of several to appear in only a fragment form. The film opens up with a title card explaining what happens in the missing parts of the movie. Basically a man wants to gi...
Remote Electric Photography

Remote Electric Photography

4.33
1908
Into a photography studio full of large fantastic machines steps an elderly couple. The bearded proprietor explains the equipment and gives them a demonstration: he starts machines whirring, and proje...

1907.

12 Películas
Tunneling the English Channel

Tunneling the English Channel

1907
The plot follows King Edward VII and President Armand Fallières dreaming of building a tunnel under the English Channel.
Satan in Prison

Satan in Prison

6
1907
The title is vital, since the bulk of the action consists of a well-dressed man magically producing a series of items to furnish a bare room, culminating in his summoning up a charming lady to share h...
El eclipse: El cortejo entre el Sol y la Luna

El eclipse: El cortejo entre el Sol y la Luna

6
1907
En una clase de astronomía, un viejo sabio presenta a un grupo de traviesos estudiantes un eclipse, a través de un arco ojival del laboratorio. Luego se produce un corte y las nubes dejan al descubier...
How Bridget's Lover Escaped

How Bridget's Lover Escaped

1907
Very much a slapstick chase in the mode of the period, as Victorine's boyfriend escapes from the kitchen and is pursued on rooftop by his unsuspecting fellow officers.
Robert Macaire and Bertrand

Robert Macaire and Bertrand

1907
Robert Macaire (Chevalier Macaire) was a noted criminal and assassin who appears in French plays. His name is renowned in French culture as that of the archetypal villain.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

1907
An adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy.
La Douche d'eau bouillante

La Douche d'eau bouillante

1907
Fun film from French master Georges Melies has a couple burglar's breaking into a man's home and having to hide when that man returns. Instead of a trick film or something that he's known for, the dir...
The Skipping Cheese

The Skipping Cheese

6
1907
The interior of a trolley car. A menagerie of passengers notices a foul odour, and pinpoint the source of the stench at a cheese saleswoman. The gendarmerie removes her from the trolley and drags her ...
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

1907
The film, a parody of the novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, follows a fisherman, Yves, who dreams of traveling by submarine to the bottom of the ocean, where he encounters bo...
Ali Barbouyou et Ali Bouf à l'huile

Ali Barbouyou et Ali Bouf à l'huile

1907
This film from 1907 is sadly incomplete as it's only available in a two-minute fragment. The opening title card explains that a painter has just finished his work when his assistant comes in and accid...
Sightseeing Through Whisky

Sightseeing Through Whisky

6
1907
John, who loves the bottle a little too much, is one of a group of sightseers. Too drunk to follow the party, the reeling drunkard remains on the site of a ruin where he starts having hallucinations.
Good Glue Sticks

Good Glue Sticks

6
1907
A peddler of "the best glue" sets up his outdoor stall. A crowd gathers for a demonstration. As he gives his pitch, two observant cops decide drive off his customers and close him down, much to his fu...

1906.

13 Películas
The Merry Frolics of Satan

The Merry Frolics of Satan

1906
Two travellers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventually experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil before he takes one of them down to Hell and roasts him on a spit...
The Luny Musician

The Luny Musician

6
1906
A crazy, rude musician gets some supernatural comeuppance.
Jack le ramoneur

Jack le ramoneur

5
1906
Jack is taken on a sea-snail to the lair of a fairy, who magically turns him into a prince. He thoroughly enjoys the dancing and fawning of the court. Then he wakes up, and it turns out that he's an o...
A Desperate Crime

A Desperate Crime

1906
A man is murdered and the killer brought to justice by guillotine. This film is partly lost.
The Tramp and the Mattress Makers

The Tramp and the Mattress Makers

1906
A bum accidentally gets himself sewn up inside a mattress.
Une Chute de cinq étages

Une Chute de cinq étages

1906
A photographer has an accident which not only screws up his lab but dumps a great deal of debris into the street below, causing general chaos.
The Roadside Inn

The Roadside Inn

1906
The staff of an inn play a cruel trick on a guest.
Les Bulles de savon vivantes

Les Bulles de savon vivantes

1906
Melies the magician does tricks.
Punch and Judy

Punch and Judy

1906
A group of people watches a guignol (the French version of a Punch and Judy show). Outtake from a longer, now lost, film.
The Witch

The Witch

1906
A penniless troubadour consults witch Carabosse about his future, but offends her by paying with a bag of sand. He evades the witch's revenge, and saves the beautiful princess.
Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship

Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship

1906
An inventor dreams that his newly designed airship takes flight.
The Hilarious Posters

The Hilarious Posters

6
1906
Una pared llena de carteles publicitarios cobra vida.
The Mysterious Retort

The Mysterious Retort

6
1906
A wizard sleeps at a table in his well-appointed sitting room. From a drawer in the table, a snake appears.

1905.

13 Películas
The Black Imp

The Black Imp

6
1905
A traveler at an inn is harassed by a mischievous devil in his room.
The Living Playing Cards

The Living Playing Cards

6
1905
A bearded magician holds up a large playing card and makes it larger. He tears up a card of a queen, burns the torn bits, and a life-size Queen of Hearts card appears; then, it becomes alive. The magi...
The Magic Dice

The Magic Dice

1905
Another magic short of Méliès.
The Lilliputian Minuet

The Lilliputian Minuet

1905
Another short of Georges.
The Legend of Rip Van Winkle

The Legend of Rip Van Winkle

1905
The Melies version of the old Rip Van Winkle tale.
A Crazy Composer

A Crazy Composer

1
1905
A silly-looking composer attempts to compose. He then falls asleep, and dreams of all manner of bizarre nonsense.
Un feu d'artifice improvisé

Un feu d'artifice improvisé

1905
On a city street, a number of men take advantage of an old drunken bum.
Ulysses and the Giant Polyphemus

Ulysses and the Giant Polyphemus

1905
An early horror treatment of the hero's encounter with the one-eyed man-eating Cyclops.
The Palace of the Arabian Nights

The Palace of the Arabian Nights

1905
A poor but honest young man wins the hand of a beautiful Princess after facing a series of exciting adventures involving apparitions, cartwheeling skeletons, a dragon, and plump dancing girls from the...
An Adventurous Automobile Trip

An Adventurous Automobile Trip

1905
A man needs to get to Monte Carlo from Paris, but finds out that a train will take 17 hours to get there. He decides to go with a man with a special car, who claims that he can get there in just two h...
A Mesmerian Experiment

A Mesmerian Experiment

1905
A magician creates a troupe of dancers out of thin air.
The Enchanted Sedan Chair

The Enchanted Sedan Chair

6
1905
The Scheming Gambler's Paradise

The Scheming Gambler's Paradise

1
1905
A combination gambling den and bawdy house is set up so that croupiers, patrons, prostitutes, and the owner can quickly change it all into a mercantile establishment when the cops stage a raid.

1904.

20 Películas
The Christmas Angel

The Christmas Angel

1904
A poor family in a rundown house where snow falls through the broken roof, there's no coal to heat the pathetic little stove, mother is sick, father sends daughter out to beg. Rejected by other beggar...
The Impossible Voyage

The Impossible Voyage

1
1904
Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey through the Alps to the Sun which finishes under the sea.
The Untameable Whiskers

The Untameable Whiskers

4
1904
El fondo de esta imagen representa una escena a lo largo del hermoso río Sena en París.. Entra un caballero, y tomando una pizarra del costado del cuadro, dibuja en ella un boceto de un novelista. Lue...
The Devilish Plank

The Devilish Plank

1904
Melies and his crew perform magic tricks.
Faust and Marguerite

Faust and Marguerite

1904
Melies second attempt at telling the story of Faust. This time out Faust and his love Marguerite are sentenced to Hell where they are showed the torture that awaits.
Tit for Tat

Tit for Tat

1904
Georges Melies the magician. Melies removes his own head, puts it in a glass box on a stool, then grows another one. Melies lights up a cigarette and blows smoke at his old head. The head gets payback...
A Miracle Under the Inquisition

A Miracle Under the Inquisition

1904
An inquisitor and two of his henchmen burn a woman at the stake. An angel intervenes.
The Bewitched Trunk

The Bewitched Trunk

1904
Bewtiched trunk
The Firefall

The Firefall

1904
A magic show.
The Imperceptible Transmutations

The Imperceptible Transmutations

6
1904
This shows a prince entering upon the stage of the King's private theatre. He is about to do a few mystifying tricks for the amusement of the court.
The Fugitive Apparitions

The Fugitive Apparitions

1904
A magician makes a woman appear and disappear.
Every Man His Own Cigar Lighter

Every Man His Own Cigar Lighter

1904
Only 8 surviving seconds of a man getting great pleasure from smoking a cigar.
A Moonlight Serenade

A Moonlight Serenade

1904
Pierrot goes to the house of his love to serenade her, but her father kicks him out. Soon the moon and its goddess Diana come towards the man and offers him something better.
The Terrible Turkish Executioner

The Terrible Turkish Executioner

1904
In a public place in Constantinople at the corner of a bazaar, the executioner is seated upon a stone and is resting from his daily labors while eating a crust of bread. Suddenly there come running in...
The Wandering Jew

The Wandering Jew

1904
A Jew who mocked Jesus on the cross is visited by a devil and an angel
The Clockmaker's Dream

The Clockmaker's Dream

1904
A weary clock-maker dozes off in a chair. While he is asleep, three women suddenly appear in the midst of his shop. They proceed to show the sleeping clock-maker some new kinds of clocks that they kno...
The Wonderful Living Fan

The Wonderful Living Fan

1
1904
As a conjurer awaits an audience, a procession announces the arrival of a royal representative, carried in a sedan chair, to see him. The conjurer then has a large box brought in. It is opened, reveal...
The Cook in Trouble

The Cook in Trouble

1904
A cook has his hands full with three mischievous devils, who pop in and out of his kitchen.
Tchin-Chao, the Chinese Conjurer

Tchin-Chao, the Chinese Conjurer

6
1904
A Chinese conjurer stands next to a table, it becomes two tables. A fan becomes a parasol, lanterns appear and disappear. The conjurer spins the open parasol in front of himself, and a dog leaps out f...
The Mermaid

The Mermaid

6
1904
A man performs tricks with an aquarium and a mermaid

1903.

29 Películas
The Infernal Cauldron

The Infernal Cauldron

1903
A green-skinned demon places a woman and two courtiers into a flaming cauldron.
The Damnation of Faust

The Damnation of Faust

1903
The German legend of a scholar's unholy pact with the Devil would have been very familiar to most moviegoers (at least European ones), so Georges Méliès' early cinematic treatment likely got away with...
The Infernal Cakewalk

The Infernal Cakewalk

1903
Pluto, having seen the earth, comes back home amazed at the success of that well-known dance, the "cake-walk." He has brought back with him two noted well-known dancers, who start their favorite dance...
The Kingdom of the Fairies

The Kingdom of the Fairies

1903
At the royal court, a prince is presenting the princess whom he is pledged to marry, when a witch suddenly appears. Though driven off, the witch soon returns, summons some of her servants, and carries...
The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

1903
Georges Méliès adaptation of Robinson Crusoe, the first film adaptation of the story. Filmed in black & white, Méliès would then paint the film by hand to colour it. Originally a 15 minute film, t...
Cabinet Trick of the Davenport Brothers

Cabinet Trick of the Davenport Brothers

1903
A prestidigitator orders his assistant to bring a cabinet, which is displayed piece by piece to the audience. Two gentlemen are then introduced; they enter the cabinet and are securely bound with rope...
A Spiritualist Photographer

A Spiritualist Photographer

1903
A magician transforms a woman into a portrait of herself, then restores her to life.
The Drawing Lesson

The Drawing Lesson

1903
In a corner of the garden we see an ornamental fountain. An old professor comes along, looking for a nice spot where he can teach his pupils. Finding the fountain to his liking he goes after his schol...
Comical Conjuring

Comical Conjuring

1903
In a room filled with jugglers' properties of enormous size a prestidigitateur dressed in eccentric costume enters with his assistant. The servant, believing that he would be comfortable in an armchai...
Jack Jags and Dum Dum

Jack Jags and Dum Dum

6
1903
Two comic characters, Jack Jags and Dum Dum, perform slapstick comedy on stage.
Alcofribas, The Master Magician

Alcofribas, The Master Magician

1903
Two men in a cave perform magic.
The Witch's Revenge

The Witch's Revenge

1903
Two guards bring a sorcerer into the hall of a palace of the time of the Middle Ages. The king who follows them orders the sorcerer to be chained and to be condemned to death for his practice of witch...
The Mysterious Box

The Mysterious Box

1903
As scene as pleasing as incomprehensible. A juggler summons two chairs, which come to the stage jumping and twirling around. Across the back of these chairs the operator places a sheet of glass on whi...
Ten Ladies in an Umbrella

Ten Ladies in an Umbrella

1903
The scene is similar to that seen at Coney Island, where a number of shows are constantly going on.
Misfortune Never Comes Alone

Misfortune Never Comes Alone

1903
The scene takes place in front of a barrack, where a young soldier is on duty --most laughable and comical
The Inn Where No Man Rests

The Inn Where No Man Rests

8
1903
A traveller is shown to a room in an inn. After a brief dispute with the hostess and a porter, he is left to himself. But strange things begin to happen in his room, and before long he has created a d...
The Enchanted Well

The Enchanted Well

1903
A witch curses a town's well.
Marvellous Wreath

Marvellous Wreath

1903
A magician performs tricks with a marvelous wreath.
The Oracle of Delphi

The Oracle of Delphi

1903
A box of valued jewels is placed inside the tomb of Delphi. A thief breaks into the tomb and steals it, but soon the ghost of Delphi appears and puts a curse on him.
The Prolific Magical Egg

The Prolific Magical Egg

1903
A human skeleton is placed upon a table by an attendant. When the attendant leaves the room the skeleton begins kicking his legs and throwing his arms about and suddenly turns into a magician. The mag...
Apparitions

Apparitions

1903
Alone in his room at an inn, a lustful old man is haunted by spirits.
The Mystical Flame

The Mystical Flame

1903
A juggler enters upon the scene, picks up a skull, throws it into the air, catches it in his hands, where it is transformed into a handkerchief. The handkerchief, after being twirled about a wand, is ...
Bob Kick, the Mischievous Kid

Bob Kick, the Mischievous Kid

1903
A boy is led into the frame by two nursemaids who give him a big ball to play with. For the remainder of the film heads appear and disappear, stage props blow up and turn into other objects or people,...
Jupiter's Thunderballs

Jupiter's Thunderballs

6
1903
With godly entrapments, Zeus appears on the horizon, engages Hermes as an audience, and tries to throw some thunderbolts. They fizzle. Hephaestus tries to make some repairs but succeeds only in heatin...
Extraordinary Illusions

Extraordinary Illusions

1903
Pioneer filmmaker Georges Méliès performs his cine-magic act.
The Monster

The Monster

1903
An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx.
The Ballet Master's Dream

The Ballet Master's Dream

1903
It's late in the evening, and the ballet master's bed has been prepared for him. But he cannot take his mind off of his work, and instead of going to sleep he paces the floor and tries out dance steps...
The Magic Lantern

The Magic Lantern

1903
Two impish clowns construct a magic lantern. They prop it up at an angle, and use it to project pictures onto a wall. When the picture show ends, they open up the lantern to reveal a group of dancing ...
The Melomaniac

The Melomaniac

1903
The leader of a marching band demonstrates an unusual way of writing music.

1902.

11 Películas
El viaje a la Luna

El viaje a la Luna

5.83
1902
El profesor Barbenfouillis y cinco de sus colegas de la Academia de Astronomía viajan a la Luna a bordo de un cohete propulsado por un cañón gigante. Una vez sobre la superficie lunar, los audaces exp...
The Catastrophe of the Balloon "Le Pax"

The Catastrophe of the Balloon "Le Pax"

1902
A reenactment of a dirigible explosion in Paris.
The Coronation of Edward VII

The Coronation of Edward VII

1902
King Edward VII's coronation ceremony.
Gulliver's Travels Among the Lilliputians and the Giants

Gulliver's Travels Among the Lilliputians and the Giants

1902
Georges Méliès' adaptation of Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" is most distinguished, today, for being a color film of the classic story. Color was rare in 1902 (and many years after) as non-tint...
An Impossible Balancing Feat

An Impossible Balancing Feat

7
1902
A magician along with three doppelgangers perform an elaborate balancing act.
The Human Fly

The Human Fly

1902
This is a moving picture that moves. Positively the greatest magical picture ever offered. A Hindoo magician appears and dances for the entertainment of six pretty maidens. Then, to the astonishment o...
The Magician and the Imp

The Magician and the Imp

1902
The magician appears upon the stage with an imp as his assistant. The imp holds a piece of cloth in his hand. At the command of the magician the cloth is suddenly transformed into a beautiful girl, cl...
Marvellous Egg Production

Marvellous Egg Production

6
1902
“This is an absolutely new and extraordinary subject. A juggler takes in succession about a dozen eggs out of his servant's mouth. He breaks all the eggs into a hat, and after having beaten them up af...
The Colonel's Shower Bath

The Colonel's Shower Bath

1902
A colonel in the military receives an unorthodox shower, an unorthodox shower indeed!
The Treasures of Satan

The Treasures of Satan

1902
The setting of this fantastic scene represents the hall of an old chateau in which a miser has locked up seven large bags containing his wealth. Satan, who has made his way into the chateau, puts the ...
The Terrible Eruption of Mount Pelee and Destruction of St. Pierre, Martinique

The Terrible Eruption of Mount Pelee and Destruction of St. Pierre, Martinique

1902
This picture depicts the eruption of the volcano by which over 30,000 souls were hurled into eternity. The numerous explosions which took place during the eruption are plain to be seen. Thousands upon...

1901.

12 Películas
El hombre de la cabeza de goma

El hombre de la cabeza de goma

2
1901
Un científico coloca su propia cabeza viva encima de una mesa, y a continuación empieza a inflarla hasta que va aumentando de tamaño. El científico decide informar a su ayudante del descubrimiento y é...
Off to Bedlam

Off to Bedlam

1901
Four black minstrels turn into white clowns and back again when they hit or kick each other.
Excelsior!

Excelsior!

1901
A magician does tricks with the aid of his assistant, the Human Pump.
The Bachelor's Paradise

The Bachelor's Paradise

1901
A sorceress conjures up a bevy of beauties for a bachelor to peruse.
The Brahmin and the Butterfly

The Brahmin and the Butterfly

1901
A man attempts to engender a transformation of a giant worm into a butterfly.
What Is Home Without the Boarder

What Is Home Without the Boarder

1901
A trio of prankish boarders wreak havoc on their landlady and an intervening policeman.
The Devil and the Statue

The Devil and the Statue

1901
At the beginning of the scene Romeo in his gondola sings to Juliet a sentimental song, then goes away. Hardly has he departed when the colonnade falls to pieces, disclosing the devil. Juliet, frighten...
The Dwarf and the Giant

The Dwarf and the Giant

1901
A magician explores two halves of his self: The Dwarf and the Giant.
The Magician's Cavern

The Magician's Cavern

1901
A very enthusiastic magician performs several tricks.
Hat of Many Surprises

Hat of Many Surprises

1901
A magician's hat offers many surprises.
Bluebeard

Bluebeard

1901
A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances.
An Extraordinary Dislocation

An Extraordinary Dislocation

1901
A clown performs various feats of magic based on his ability to detach and reattach different parts of his body.

1900.

17 Películas
Up-to-Date Spiritualism

Up-to-Date Spiritualism

1900
In this subject a "comique eccentric" enters the drawing room inhabited by spirits. He tries to take off his coat and hat, but these garments return to his head and shoulders as soon as he takes them ...
The Fat and Lean Wrestling Match

The Fat and Lean Wrestling Match

1900
A series of fantastical wrestling matches.
Going to Bed Under Difficulties

Going to Bed Under Difficulties

1900
A man takes off his clothes in preparation for bed, only for new clothes to spontaneously generate, leading to comical consternation.
The One-Man Band

The One-Man Band

1900
A band-leader has arranged seven chairs for the members of his band. When he sits down in the first chair, a cymbal player appears in the same chair, then rises and sits in the next chair. As the cymb...
The Christmas Dream

The Christmas Dream

1900
The entire story of Christmastide is here depicted. The scene opens in a large boudoir of an apparently wealthy man's home. His children, assisted by their governess, are about to retire. Before lying...
The Misfortunes of an Explorer

The Misfortunes of an Explorer

1900
A Fantastical Meal

A Fantastical Meal

1900
A family sits down to enjoy a meal that ends up being fraught with complications.
How He Missed His Train

How He Missed His Train

1900
A man misses his train due to his clothes turning into other types of clothes.
The Doctor and the Monkey

The Doctor and the Monkey

1900
A monkey wreaks havoc on a doctor.
Eight Girls in a Barrel

Eight Girls in a Barrel

1900
A magician stuffs eight of his lovely assistants into a barrel.
The Triple Conjurer and the Living Head

The Triple Conjurer and the Living Head

1900
A conjurer (along with two duplicates) conjure up (and then cause to vanish) a beautiful woman head-first.
The Magic Book

The Magic Book

1900
Characters from a large magic book come to life.
The Wizard, the Prince and the Good Fairy

The Wizard, the Prince and the Good Fairy

6
1900
A prince gets the help of a fairy to aid in his conflict with a wizard.
The Rajah's Dream or The Bewitched Wood

The Rajah's Dream or The Bewitched Wood

1900
The picture opens with the Sultan lying down to rest on his luxurious cushioned couch. The scene changes to the grounds around the palace.
The Cook's Revenge

The Cook's Revenge

1900
A decapitated cook wreaks havoc on his kitchen.
Addition and Subtraction

Addition and Subtraction

1900
A magician performs tricks involving three women, who are sometimes merged together into one corpulent female.
Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

1900
A divinely inspired peasant woman becomes an army captain for France and then is martyred after she is captured.

1899.

20 Películas
The Mysterious Portrait

The Mysterious Portrait

1899
A magician produces a living portrait of himself.
The Mysterious Knight

The Mysterious Knight

1899
A knight performs several magic tricks with a disembodied head materialized from a chalkboard drawing.
El caso Dreyfus

El caso Dreyfus

1899
El caso Dreyfus tuvo como origen un error judicial, sobre un trasfondo de espionaje y antisemitismo, en el que la víctima fue el capitán Alfred Dreyfus (1859-1935), de origen judío-alsaciano, y que du...
An Up-to-Date Conjurer

An Up-to-Date Conjurer

1899
A film from Méliès has him playing a magician who does a few tricks including making a woman disappear.
The Devil in a Convent

The Devil in a Convent

1899
A priest is officiating at a convent, when suddenly he is transformed into the devil, who frightens away the nuns and turns the place into a outlet of Pandemonium.
Cenicienta

Cenicienta

1899
Adaptación de "Cenicienta", el clásico cuento de hadas. Uno de los primeros argumentos estructurados en la historia del cine. (FILMAFFINITY)
Devil's Island - Within the Palisade

Devil's Island - Within the Palisade

1899
A reenactment of a scene inside Devil's Island prison.
Dreyfus Meets His Wife at Rennes

Dreyfus Meets His Wife at Rennes

1899
Showing room at the military prison at Rennes in which Dreyfus the accused is confined. He is visited by his counsel, Maître Labori and Demange, with whom he is seen in animated conversation. A visit ...
The Attempt Against the Life of Maitre Labori

The Attempt Against the Life of Maitre Labori

1899
Maître Labori is seen approaching the bridge of Rennes in company with Colonel Picquart and M. Gast, Mayor of Rennes. They notice that they are followed by another man to whom Colonel Picquart calls L...
The Fight of Reporters

The Fight of Reporters

1899
During an interval in the proceedings of the court martial, the journalists enter into an animated discussion, resulting in a dispute between Arthur Meyer of the 'Gaulois', and Mme. Severine of the 'F...
Dreyfus Court Martial - Arrest Of Dreyfus

Dreyfus Court Martial - Arrest Of Dreyfus

1899
Du Paty de Clam requests Captain Dreyfus to write as he dictates for the purpose of ascertaining whether his handwriting conforms to that of the Bordereau. He notices the nervousness of Dreyfus, and a...
Dreyfus Put in Irons

Dreyfus Put in Irons

1899
Showing the interior view of the hut in which Dreyfus is confined. The scene takes place at night, showing the moon through the window of the cell. Two guards stealthily approach the cot upon which Dr...
Suicide of Colonel Henry

Suicide of Colonel Henry

1899
Shows the interior of the cell of the Prison Militaire du Cherche-Midi, Paris, where Colonel Henry is confined. He is seated at a table writing a letter, on completion of which he rises and takes a ra...
The Court Martial at Rennes

The Court Martial at Rennes

1899
The infamous Dreyfus is finally brought before a court martial.
Landing of Dreyfus at Quiberon

Landing of Dreyfus at Quiberon

1899
A section of the port Haliquen (Quiberon) Bretagne, at night where Dreyfus was landed by French marines, and officers after his transport from Devil's Island. He is received by the French authorities,...
The Clown and Automobile

The Clown and Automobile

1899
The clown and his automobile enters with great puffs of smoke
Lightning Change Artist

Lightning Change Artist

1899
A man makes twenty complete changes in two minutes, combining with them dances. The changes are made in full sight of the audience. Biondi, Fregoli and Mons change behind the scenes.
The Pillar of Fire

The Pillar of Fire

1899
A devil wearing bat-like wings and brandishing a trident dances around a giant pot, conjuring forth flame from his trident to lit a fire beneath the pot. After the devil works the fire with bellows, a...
The Human Pyramid

The Human Pyramid

6
1899
Méliès appears as a court jester (a “triboulet” in French). He pulls 18th century noblemen out of a trunk and arranges them on a pyramid-shaped stage. Next, he transforms the gentlemen into fancy ladi...
Summoning the Spirits

Summoning the Spirits

1899
A bearded man hangs up a wreath and, like any good magician, waves his hands inside of it and under it to show us it's only a wreath…

1898.

9 Películas
Panorama from Top of a Moving Train

Panorama from Top of a Moving Train

1898
With the cameraman atop a moving train car the viewer is given a one minute glimpse of a French urban area.
The Four Troublesome Heads

The Four Troublesome Heads

1898
One of the greatest of black art pictures. The conjurer appears before the audience, with his head in its proper place. He then removes his head, and throwing it in the air, it appears on the table op...
La luna a un metro

La luna a un metro

1898
Un astrónomo comienza a sufrir alucinaciones que tienen como protagonista a una luna que se cuela en su habitación dándole más de un dolor de cabeza.
The Damnation of Faust

The Damnation of Faust

1898
The story of Faust. This short film is presumably lost.
Adventures of William Tell

Adventures of William Tell

1898
La escena se abre en el estudio de un artista, donde la estatua inacabada de Guillermo Tell se yergue sobre un pedestal. Un payaso aparece y la completa pegando un brazo y una cabeza de arcilla a la e...
The Famous Box Trick

The Famous Box Trick

1898
A magician performs a series of magic tricks involving a boy and a box.
Divers at Work on the Wreck of the "Maine"

Divers at Work on the Wreck of the "Maine"

1898
Divers go to work on a wrecked ship (the battleship Maine that was blown up in Havana harbour during the Spanish-American War), surrounded by curiously disproportionate fish.
The Magician

The Magician

1898
In this scene is shown a magician behind an ordinary table, upon which he suddenly and mysteriously causes to appear a large box, into which he leaps. The sides of the box fall to the ground, but inst...
The Temptation of St. Anthony

The Temptation of St. Anthony

1898
St. Anthony is tempted by visions of women, including one that is transformed from the image of Jesus Christ Himself!

1897.

11 Películas
The Haunted Castle

The Haunted Castle

1897
A man has an encounter with several spooky apparitions in a castle that is evidently owned by the Devil.
Naval Combat in Greece

Naval Combat in Greece

1897
An officer calls his sailors to the deck. They assemble around the canon while the officer scans the horizon. They all turn in the direction of the camera to look in the distance. At the same time the...
Faust and Marguerite

Faust and Marguerite

1897
Mephistopheles demands that Faust kill Marguerite.
The Devil's Laboratory

The Devil's Laboratory

1897
"The picture shows the Devil working at a fire. Two cavaliers appear, and the Devil takes the form of a seer, old, bent and wrinkled. Then he disappears in a cloud of smoke, to reappear shortly as a g...
The Hallucinated Alchemist

The Hallucinated Alchemist

1897
The film features a star with five female heads and a giant face that has people coming out of its mouth. The Flicker Alley DVD "Georges Méliès: Encore New Discoveries (1896-1911)" misidentified a par...
Entre Calais et Douvres

Entre Calais et Douvres

1897
En un barco, una media docena de pasajeros, el clérigo y el capitán, se lanzan objetos entre ellos. (FILMAFFINITY)
The Surrender of Tournavos

The Surrender of Tournavos

1897
Three military men, seen inside a fortification, are firing on an unseen enemy force. The call for reinforcements but ladders appear signalling the enemy is about to overrun this position.
The Bewitched Inn

The Bewitched Inn

1897
A weary traveler stops at an inn along the way to get a good night's sleep, but his rest is interrupted by odd happenings when he gets to his room--beds vanishing and re-appearing, candles exploding, ...
On the Roofs

On the Roofs

1897
Two crooks throw a lady off a roof, and a hapless policeman tries to capture them.
The Last Cartridges

The Last Cartridges

1897
An incident of the Franco-Prussian War. It shows the bombardment of a house at Bazeille. It is the animated reproduction of de Neuville's celebrated painting.
After the Ball

After the Ball

1897
Una mujer se quita su ropa para tomar un baño, con la ayuda de una sirvienta. Se trata de uno de los primeros films con desnudez más o menos explícita de la historia del cine. (FILMAFFINITY)
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