The Haunted Castle


also known as: Le Château hanté

directed by Georges Méliès, 1 minute

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THE HAUNTED CASTLE is a literal translation from the French title, LE CHATEAU HANTÉ. The fact that an 1896 Méliès film is also often known as THE HAUNTED CASTLE (though its French title, LE MANOIR DU DIABLE, could more properly be translated as THE DEVIL'S MANOR) has caused confusion to catalogers. Compounding this, the two films share more than English-language titles. The backdrop for LE CHATEAU HANTÉ is evidently reused from LE MANOIR DU DIABLE. Both films also employ the same substitution splice effects applied to spooks and skeletons. What's most interesting about this HAUNTED CASTLE is the red hand-coloring that's been applied to this print. The first frame-specific motion picture color process, hand-stenciling was implemented by the Thomas Edison company as early as 1895 and it suited the Méliès aesthetic perfectly. Virtually all of France's hand-colorings were executed at the workshop of a Madame Thullier, who employed, at the practice's peak, as many as two hundred women laying aniline dyes onto the image, frame-by-frame. Madame Thullier selected and arranged the color patterns herself, making her something of a co-auteur to Méliès when it came to color versions of his films. Naturally, exhibitors paid more for a colored print than a black-and-white one. - Brian Darr

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1 member found this review helpful Created almost 3 years ago.

Amazing for the time period...

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1 member found this review helpful Created almost 2 years ago.

...amazing what someone can do in less than 60 seconds in a film. I loved it.

1 member found this review helpful Created over 3 years ago.

Charming introduction to Melies, whose genius as an illusionist translated so well to the burgeoning art of movie making.

Created 2 months ago.

Looks like an intense amount of work went into such a short piece. Interesting to see something from the 1800's no less.

Created 4 months ago.

Wonderful little 60 second tale...short and very sweet.

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Created over 1 year ago.

I love these Melies films! No matter how short....

Created about 2 years ago.

retro special effects somehow more enjoyable than what we've got now

Created over 2 years ago.

I can not imagine how long it took to color each frame. Beautiful.

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Created almost 3 years ago. Updated almost 3 years ago.

Interesting early colorized short film. Not too scary, though.

Created over 3 years ago.

It was to short to make an opinion.

Created over 3 years ago.


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Created over 3 years ago.

It is really amazing that the first major filmmaker brought the level of artistry to such a jaw-dropping level.

Created over 3 years ago.

Quick, but a fun example of hand colored silent movies, by the Hugo uncle. We watched several. Imaginative, and great costuming of the era, and also early sci fi.

Created over 3 years ago.

Fascinating! It's hard to fathom a movie from 115 years ago.

Created over 3 years ago.

Loving hand colorized. Oft told story done well.

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