Georges Méliès

Georges Méliès

Known For: Directing · Birthday: 1861-12-08 · Deathday: 1938-01-21 (76 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Paris, France

241 Movies

Also Known As: Жорж Мельес · 조르주 멜리에스

Biography

Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès (; French: [meljɛs]; 8 December 1861 – 21 January 1938), was a French illusionist, actor and film director who led many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema. Méliès was well known for the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted colour. He was also one of the first filmmakers to use storyboards. His films include A Trip to the Moon (1902) and The Impossible Voyage (1904), both involving strange, surreal journeys somewhat in the style of Jules Verne, and are considered among the most important early science fiction films, though their approach is closer to fantasy.

Early Life

Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès was born 8 December 1861 in Paris, son of Jean-Louis Méliès and his Dutch wife, Johannah-Catherine Schuering. His father had moved to Paris in 1843 as a journeyman shoemaker and began working at a boot factory, where he met Méliès' mother. Johannah-Catherine's father had been the official bootmaker of the Dutch court before a fire ruined his business. She helped to educate Jean-Louis-Stanislas. Eventually the two married, founded a high-quality boot factory on the Boulevard Saint-Martin, and had sons Henri and Gaston; by the time their third son Georges, had been born, the family had become wealthy.Georges Méliès attended the Lycée Michelet from age seven until it was bombed during the Franco-Prussian War; he was then sent to the prestigious Lycée Louis-le-Grand. In his memoirs, Méliès emphasised his formal, classical education, in contrast to accusations early in his career that most filmmakers had been "illiterates incapable of producing anything artistic." However, he acknowledged that his creative instincts usually outweighed intellectual ones: "The artistic passion was too strong for him, and while he would ponder a French composition or Latin verse, his pen mechanically sketched portraits or caricatures of his professors or classmates, if not some fantasy palace or an original landscape that already had the look of a theatre set." Often disciplined by teachers for covering his notebooks and textbooks with drawings, young Georges began building cardboard puppet theatres at age ten and moved on to craft even more sophisticated marionettes as a teenager. Méliès graduated from the Lycée with a baccalauréat in 1880.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
The Méliès Mystery

The Méliès Mystery

2021
A documentary that details the process of restoring 270 of the 520 lost films of pioneering director Georges Méliès, all orchestrated by a Franco-American collaboration between Lobster Films, the Nati...

2011.

1 Movie
The Extraordinary Voyage

The Extraordinary Voyage

2011
An account of the extraordinary life of film pioneer Georges Méliès (1861-1938) and the amazing story of the copy in color of his masterpiece “A Trip to the Moon” (1902), unexpectedly found in Spain a...

2008.

1 Movie
Georges Méliès: First Wizard of Cinema (1896-1913)

Georges Méliès: First Wizard of Cinema (1896-1913)

2008
Georges Méliès was a genuine virtuoso, producing and directing his own films while also devising the narratives; designing the sets, costumes and props; and frequently performing the leading parts. Ar...

1997.

1 Movie
Méliès' Magic Show

Méliès' Magic Show

1997
Méliès' granddaughter presents an exploration of his work, showcasing 15 of his best known films.

1979.

1 Movie
ORG

ORG

1979
The relationship between the spirit, body, and mind is explored. My second exile, which lasted a very long time, was among the most terrible moments of my life, and the film is a nightmare with closed...

1913.

1 Movie
Le Voyage de la famille Bourrichon

Le Voyage de la famille Bourrichon

1913
An indebted French family flees its creditors in this comic picaresque, one of pioneering French director George Méliès last films.

1912.

3 Movies
The Conquest of the Pole

The Conquest of the Pole

1912
A science fantasy film that deals with an extraordinary race to the north pole by rival parties of balloonists. Based on the novel "The Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne.
The Knight of the Snow

The Knight of the Snow

1912
"The Knight of the Snow" is one of the last films Georges Méliès made. By now, he was under contract for his former rival Pathé, where he made a few of his most lavish productions, including this one....
Cinderella or The Glass Slipper

Cinderella or The Glass Slipper

1912
Georges Méliès's first attempt at Cinderella was in 1899. That film was extraordinary then for having multiple scenes and a semblance of a narrative; additionally, the use of dissolves as transitions ...

1911.

1 Movie
The Hallucinations of Baron Munchausen

The Hallucinations of Baron Munchausen

1911
After a night of excessive wining and dining, Baron Munchausen needs to sleep by his servants. When he is asleep, he has frightening dreams.

1910.

2 Movies
The Doctor's Secret

The Doctor's Secret

1910
A patient is in a machine.
The Diabolical Church Window

The Diabolical Church Window

1910
An old scholar is brooding over a book, challenged by the devil, and going through the familiar sorcery to create a woman by throwing pieces of clothing against a church window. Five-fold was used to ...

1909.

3 Movies
Whimsical Illusions

Whimsical Illusions

1909
In this hand-colored short, a magician and his assistant do a series of magic tricks, including making potted plants appear, among others. Melies played the magician, and the actor Manuel played his a...
The Diabolic Tenant

The Diabolic Tenant

1909
A man rents an apartment.
The Spider and the Butterfly

The Spider and the Butterfly

1909
Surviving fragment of a longer film. A magician makes a butterfly woman appear, and a woman in a star. Exhausted, the magician falls asleep and the star woman turns into a spider, dragging the butter...

1908.

28 Movies
Tribulations; or, The Misfortunes of a Cobbler

Tribulations; or, The Misfortunes of a Cobbler

1908
A group of people, including the Merchant, the Farrier, and the Roman, go into a cave full of terrors and wonders.
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...
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 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
If a violin was actually broken here we don't get to see it. Sadly this is one of many Georges Melies films that are only available in a fragment. Hopefully one day a complete print will turn up but u...
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.
Le Tambourin fantastique

Le Tambourin fantastique

1908
There are magic tricks in a medieval setting.
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
Two people walk into a studio. The bearded proprietor explains the equipment and gives them a demonstration: he starts machines and paints three women on a large screen, suddenly the women begin to mo...

1907.

12 Movies
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

1907
An adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy.
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...
The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon

The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon

6
1907
The film focused too much on the workings of an inscrutable universe. An old astronomer teaches a class of young men about astronomy. Young men rush to the windows and fix their telescopes when a mech...
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.
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
There is a two-minute fragment of the film from 1907. A painter drinks varnish when his assistant comes in. The assistant is sent into the painting by the painter.
Sightseeing Through Whisky

Sightseeing Through Whisky

6
1907
John is in a group of sightseers. The reeling drunkard is too drunk to follow the party and ends up on the site of a ruin.
Good Glue Sticks

Good Glue Sticks

6
1907
The peddler has a stall. People are gathering for a demonstration. The cops decided to drive off his customers because he was so angry. They are outside.

1906.

12 Movies
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 avoids the witch's revenge and rescues the princess.
The Merry Frolics of Satan

The Merry Frolics of Satan

1906
Two travellers are tortured 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 Hilarious Posters

The Hilarious Posters

6
1906
There are a lot of posters on the wall.
The Mysterious Retort

The Mysterious Retort

6
1906
A wizard is sleeping. There is a snake in the drawer.

1905.

14 Movies
Rip's Dream

Rip's Dream

1905
The Melies version of the old Rip Van Winkle tale.
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...
The Black Imp

The Black Imp

6
1905
A traveler is at an inn.
The Living Playing Cards

The Living Playing Cards

6
1905
A magician is performing. A life-size Queen of Hearts card appears after he tears up a card of a queen. The magician puts her back into the card. It happens to the King of Clubs. There is something fa...
The Magic Dice

The Magic Dice

1905
Another magic short of Méliès.
The Lilliputian Minuet

The Lilliputian Minuet

1905
Another short of Georges.
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...
A Mesmerian Experiment

A Mesmerian Experiment

1905
A magician creates a troupe of dancers out of thin air.
The Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship

The Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship

1905
An inventor dreams that his newly designed airship takes flight.
The Scheming Gambler's Paradise

The Scheming Gambler's Paradise

1
1905
A combination gambling den and bawdy house is set up so that the owner can quickly turn it into a business when the cops stage a raid.

1904.

21 Movies
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 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 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 stove, the mother is sick, and the father sends the daughter out to beg. The girl collapses in th...
The Impossible Voyage

The Impossible Voyage

1
1904
Several savants from the Geographic Society embark on a journey through the Alps to the Sun which ends under the sea.
The Untameable Whiskers

The Untameable Whiskers

4
1904
There is a scene in Paris. A man draws on a blackboard a sketch of a novelist. The living features of his sketch are completely devoid of whiskers. One can't see the change until someone else is in th...
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 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 Wonderful Living Fan

The Wonderful Living Fan

1
1904
A procession announces the arrival of a royal representative in a sedan chair. A large box was brought in by the conjurer. There is a large fan when it is opened. The designs on the fan change when th...
The Cook in Trouble

The Cook in Trouble

1904
Three devils are in the kitchen.
Tchin-Chao, the Chinese Conjurer

Tchin-Chao, the Chinese Conjurer

6
1904
A Chinese conjurer stands next to a table. There are lanterns and a fan. A dog leaps out from behind the open parasol as the conjurer spins it in front of him. The dog becomes a woman after the masked...
The Mermaid

The Mermaid

6
1904
A man is in water.

1903.

28 Movies
The Marvellous Wreath

The Marvellous Wreath

1903
A magician performs tricks with a marvelous wreath.
The Monster

The Monster

1903
An Egyptian prince has lost his wife and is looking for a dervish at the base of the sphinx.
The Infernal Cauldron

The Infernal Cauldron

1903
A demon puts a woman and two courtiers in a 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
A prince is giving a princess to him at the royal court when a witch shows up. The princess is carried off by some of the witch's servants. A rescue party is quickly organized, but the unfortunate cap...
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 a room in a hotel. He was left to himself after a brief dispute with the hostess and a porter. Everyone is running to his room to find out what is happening when strange things be...
The Enchanted Well

The Enchanted Well

1903
A witch curses a town's well.
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

3
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 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 clowns are making a lantern. They use it to project pictures onto a wall. A group of dancing girls are shown inside a lantern when the picture show is over.
The Melomaniac

The Melomaniac

1903
The leader of the band is making music.

1902.

12 Movies
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...
Gulliver's Travels Among the Lilliputians and the Giants

Gulliver's Travels Among the Lilliputians and the Giants

1902
For being a color film of the classic story, the adaptation of Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" by Georges Mélis is most distinguished today. In the 19th century, color was rare as non-tinted col...
A Trip to the Moon

A Trip to the Moon

5.83
1902
People are on a rocket. After explorers reach the moon, there are dangers in the caves.
Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

1902
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, twel...
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.
An Impossible Balancing Feat

An Impossible Balancing Feat

7
1902
A magician along with three doppelgangers perform an elaborate balancing act.
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...
The Dancing Midget

The Dancing Midget

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
Over 30,000 people were killed by the eruption of the volcano. There were a lot of explosions during the eruption. Thousands of tons of molten lava, sand, rocks and steam are thrown high in the air an...

1901.

14 Movies
The Triple Headed Lady

The Triple Headed Lady

1901
A conjuror appears to demonstrate a lady with three heads.
Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

1901
In a bakery in the French countryside, Father Latourte, his wife, and their staff are busy with customers, pastries, and baked goods of all kinds. The Latourtes' young daughter, called Red Riding Hood...
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 Magician's Cavern

The Magician's Cavern

1901
A very enthusiastic magician performs several tricks.
The Man with the Rubber Head

The Man with the Rubber Head

2
1901
A chemist is doing something.
Off to Bedlam

Off to Bedlam

1901
Four black minstrels turn into white clowns and back again when they hit or kick each other.
The Prince of Magicians

The Prince of Magicians

1901
A magician does tricks with his assistant.
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.
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.
Hat of Many Surprises

Hat of Many Surprises

1901
A magician's hat offers many surprises.
Bluebeard

Bluebeard

1901
The Bluebeard's first seven wives all died of mysterious circumstances.
An Extraordinary Dislocation

An Extraordinary Dislocation

1901
A clown is able to perform various feats of magic because of his ability to detach and reattach parts of his body.

1900.

19 Movies
The Artist and the Dummy

The Artist and the Dummy

1900
A very simple gag film as a young lady substitutes herself for a dummy in order to play a practical joke on an artist.
Crying and Laughing

Crying and Laughing

1900
A short film is believed to have been directed by Georges Mélis.
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.
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
The chairs for the band were arranged by the leader. A cymbal player sits in the same chair as he sits in the first chair. A drummer is moving from the second chair to the third chair. A band is ready...
The Christmas Dream

The Christmas Dream

1900
The story of Christmastide is depicted here. The scene begins in a large boudoir. His children are going to retire. The stockings are hung on the edge of the bed. There is a night in the picture. The ...
A Fantastical Meal

A Fantastical Meal

1900
A family sits down to enjoy a meal that ends up being fraught with complications.
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.

24 Movies
The Degradation of Dreyfus

The Degradation of Dreyfus

1899
The Jewish ex-officer Alfred Dreyfus's degradation. He stands in a military quadrant and the Adjutant proceeds to tear off his medals; Dreyfus is compelled to pass in front of the troops in disgrace. ...
Dreyfus Leaving the Lycée for Jail

Dreyfus Leaving the Lycée for Jail

1899
One of eleven installments of The Dreyfus Affair (L'affaire Dreyfus), a docudrama reconstructing the historical Dreyfus Affair, which was still playing out as the series was being filmed. This film is...
Luttes extravagantes

Luttes extravagantes

1899
In a square room, two men and two women, in white body-hugging clothes, try on wrestling holds, each with a partner of the same sex.
Cleopatra's Tomb

Cleopatra's Tomb

1899
A man digging inside an Egyptian tomb chops up a mummy, then resurrects the woman inside it.
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.
The Dreyfus Affair

The Dreyfus Affair

1899
The first movie ever censored for political reasons. The title refers to a historical event in France decades earlier in which a Jewish military officer was discharged for bribery, and it was alleged ...
The Conjurer

The Conjurer

1899
He is playing a magician in a film.
The Devil in a Convent

The Devil in a Convent

1899
When a priest becomes the devil at a convent, he frightens away the nuns and turns the place into a Pandemonium.
Cinderella

Cinderella

1899
A pumpkin is turned into a coach while Cinderella's rags are turned into a dress. The direction of the art was based on engravings. The first example of a fairy-tale adapted to film and the first film...
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 good magician waves his hands under a wreath to show us it's not a real wreath.

1898.

12 Movies
A Woman Surprised

A Woman Surprised

1898
A man surprises a woman. While the film is lost, there is a new digital version based on re-creation from a flipbook produced by Léon Beaulieu around the same time
Pygmalion and Galatea

Pygmalion and Galatea

1898
Showing Pygmalion at work in his studio on the statue of Galatea, who, on being completed, comes to life. He attempts to clasp her to his arms, when the bust leaves the body and crossing the room mock...
The Bridegroom's Dilemma

The Bridegroom's Dilemma

1898
A woman slips into her bed with the help of her servant. While the film is lost, there is a new digital version based on re-creation from a flipbook produced by Léon Beaulieu around the same time
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 best black art pictures. There is a place for the conjurer's head. He removed his head and threw it in the air, it appeared on the table opposite another head, and both heads sang in unison...
The Astronomer's Dream

The Astronomer's Dream

1898
An astronomer has a nightmare.
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
The scene opens in an artist's studio where the unfinished statue of William Tell stands upon a pedestal. A clown appears and sticks a clay arm and clay head on the statue, thus completing it. He plac...
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 sees visions of women that are different from the image of Jesus.

1897.

15 Movies
Fencing at the Joinville School

Fencing at the Joinville School

1897
A fencing match. While the film is lost, there is a new digital version based on re-creation from a flipbook produced by Léon Beaulieu around the same time.
An Irritable Model

An Irritable Model

1897
An artist attempts to touch his model who is playing Venus. Later remade in 1900. While the film is lost, there is a new digital version based on re-creation from a flipbook produced by Léon Beaulieu ...
D. Devant, Conjurer

D. Devant, Conjurer

1897
A man pulls a rabbit out of a hat. Available in a fragment in flipbook version only.
Boxing Match

Boxing Match

1897
A kickboxing movie. While the film is lost, there is a new digital version based on re-creation from a flipbook produced by Léon Beaulieu around the same time.
The Haunted Castle

The Haunted Castle

1897
The castle is believed to be 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...
Between Calais and Dover

Between Calais and Dover

1897
A rocky sea voyage as reenacted by Georges Méliès.
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 woman off a roof as a policeman tries to catch 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
A woman gets home. A servant helps her undress and bathe.

1896.

15 Movies
Arrival of a Train (Joinville Station)

Arrival of a Train (Joinville Station)

1896
One of a few versions of the "arrival of the train" narrative. While the film is lost, there is a new digital version based on re-creation from a flipbook produced by Léon Beaulieu around the same tim...
A Serpentine Dance

A Serpentine Dance

1896
A Serpentine dance performance, possibly featuring Loie Fuller (though the record is unclear). While the film is lost, there is a new digital version based on re-creation from a flipbook produced by L...
A Soldier's Unlucky Salutation

A Soldier's Unlucky Salutation

1896
A soldier is talking to a woman while sitting on a bench, a man sits on it, and the soldier stands up, causing the bench to tip over and the man falls. Available in flipbook format only (tentatively ...
Miss de Vère - English Jig

Miss de Vère - English Jig

1896
A woman dances - preserved in flipbook form.
Conjurer Making Ten Hats in Sixty Seconds

Conjurer Making Ten Hats in Sixty Seconds

1896
A man does tricks by forming hats and then putting them on. Fragment available in flipbook format, otherwise lost.
A Nightmare

A Nightmare

1896
A man has a nightmare.
Les tribulations d'un concierge

Les tribulations d'un concierge

1896
Georges Méliès lost film.
Conjuring

Conjuring

1896
The film reproduces a magic act Méliès performed at his Paris theater-of-illusions, the Théâtre Robert-Houdin. Conjuring is notable as Méliès's second film, and as his first to move beyond the actual...
Watering the Flowers

Watering the Flowers

1896
Watering the Flowers (French: L'Arroseur) was an 1896 French short comedy film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is numbered 6 in its catalogues. The film w...
A Terrible Night

A Terrible Night

1896
A man tries to get a good night's sleep, but is disturbed by a giant spider that leaps onto his bed, and a battle ensues in hilarious comic fashion.
Playing Cards

Playing Cards

1896
Three people are playing cards. They are ordering drinks. The waitress had a bottle of wine with her. The man serves food. They drink and have glasses. The man asked for a newspaper. The friends laugh...
The Haunted Castle

The Haunted Castle

1896
The House of the Devil was released in the United States as The Haunted Castle and in Britain as The Devil's Castle. The film tells the story of an encounter with the Devil. It is intended to evoke am...
The Vanishing Lady

The Vanishing Lady

1896
A woman reappears after vanishing.
Arrival of a Train at Vincennes Station

Arrival of a Train at Vincennes Station

1896
A train arriving at Vincennes station. The film is preserved in "flipbook form".
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