French stage magician and illusionist Georges Méliès began filmmaking in 1896. He worked in many genres but is especially remembered for short trick films such as this one from 1901, EXCELSIOR! PRINCE OF MAGICIANS. Melies wrote, designed and directed his films and often (as here) performed the principal part; he was undoubtedly the most accomplished filmmaker in the world in 1901.
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Wow, what fun! Camera tricks for magic, early on! Love the whimsy of the giant lobster.
Brilliant and charming, especially after watching Hugo.
Fun film that demonstrates Melies the magician.