"...hearkens back to the Méliès tradition of spectacle." - Matt Barry, the Art and Culture of Movies
This impressive trick film was made for Pathé by Segundo de Chomón and Ferdinand Zecca. Works dealing with the netherworld and the supernatural were much in vogue at the time. The color was hand-screened on to each print by Pathe's superb stencil process, introduced in 1904 and used throughout the silent film era. The original print from which this copy is reproduced was rescued for twenty-five dollars from a junkyard in Guanajuato, Mexico.
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ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL PRINT ,especially considering it's discovery . Magician in makeup does some stage tricks mixed with cmaera trickery to make for a fascinating short .
Melies influence is felt throughout.
Loved "Hugo"? Then watch this magnificently restored film. It's not Melies, but Pathe, and many of the same techniques Melies perfected. Exquisite.
What patience the artist had to stencil in every frame of this movie.
The original CG - celluloid generated.
Wow! Real interesting film for its time!
Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful!