Two (Short) Film Ruminations: Le Diable Noir (1905), Un Homme de Têtes (1898), Georges Méliès

The French director Georges Méliès (1861-1938) is rightly famous for his innovative use of special effects.  He’s credited with inventing time-lapse photography, multiple exposures, stop-trick, and dissolves.  I’ve selected two outrageously fun short films of his.  He’s most famous for the sci-fi classic Voyage to the Moon, but any cinema lover will enjoy these two pieces of cinematic history.

Le Diable Noir (1905)

A devil wrecks havoc on a man in a hotel room…  Slapstick and very very funny.  Stop-trick is used to full advantage….

Un Homme de Têtes (1898)

A magician talks with his own head (s) which he places on a table…  Again, the pure unbridled joy of the new medium combines with newly discovered special-effects techniques is infectious and delightful.

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2 thoughts on “Two (Short) Film Ruminations: Le Diable Noir (1905), Un Homme de Têtes (1898), Georges Méliès”

  1. Same here, I’ve seen Un Homme de Têtes, but not Le Diable Noir. Thanks for posting. One of these days i’ll have to pick up the Kino box set of Georges Méliès.

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