1907 (36)

In the dead of night, three weary wanderers, a woman and two men, cold and soaked to the bone from the fearful and violent tempest, seek refuge inside a dilapidated mansion. However, it is not before long that the secluded and seemingly vacant house will unveil its wrathful and sinister secrets.

IMDB Rating: 6.9

 

Just as Georges Méliès' Le voyage dans la lune (1902) imagined a manned moon landing nearly seventy years before it happened, so, too, does he anticipate the opening of the Channel in 1994 with this 1907 short. King George VII of England and President Armand Fallières of France meet to discuss digging a tunnel under the English Channel and then dream about the venture in their adjoining staterooms. Fascination with the scientific advances of the time in air transportation and engineering mix with fanciful dream images. The hand tinting that still survives in the second half of the film enlivens the proceedings.

IMDB Rating: 6.6

 

At a small and quiet corner of an empty street, an honest and enterprising hawker gives a small demonstration of his amazing universal glue's exceptional qualities, from his rickety stall with the rough wooden sign that simply read "The Best Glue". Soon, a small and willing-to-buy crowd assemble in front of his outdoor business; however, a pair of ever-watchful police officers rush to shut him down, scaring off the customers. Bent on revenge, the wronged vendor will go to extreme lengths for justice, but it's a risky action, and one could easily get a taste of his own medicine.

IMDB Rating: 5.5

 

An astronomer of age, wealth, and erudition conducts classes in his home. His students are not always respectful, and he suffers their pranks and high jinks. Then, at noon, everything darkens and the astronomer hurries upstairs to his telescope. It is an eclipse of the sun, and through his glass, he sees a female moon coming toward a masculine sun, flirting as they move closer to what becomes a consummation. The heavens erupt with showers of stars that become women. In his excitement, the astronomer loses what little dignity he has left.

IMDB Rating: 6.5

 

In a strange grotto deep in the bowels of the earth a coffin uprights itself, dances, then opens, and out steps a demonic magician with skeletal face, horns, and cape. He wraps two women (who appear to be in a trance) in fabric, levitates them, and causes them to burst into flames and disappear. As he gathers their ashes in a pitcher a Good Spirit [a young woman who resembles Peter Pan] appears, shakes her head No, and reveals the "souls" of the two women in a secret compartment deeper within the cave. The Good Spirit vanishes in a puff of smoke. The magician then produces 3 glass bottles on pillars, takes them downstage close to the camera, and reveals 3 tiny women in them; one woman beats a tambourine while the other two sway. The magician pours ashes (?) into the bottles, but the Good Spirit reappears and makes these trapped figures disappear in a flash, angering the magician, who chases her away. He makes an easel appear. There is an odd sort of screen on it bearing the Pathe rooster logo. The magician then invents channel-surfing, causing three different "shows" to appear on the screen in rapid succession. The Good Spirit reappears and causes this strange television set to vanish, but the magician creates two more in turn, each more elaborate than the last, with various images of persons and dogs flashing across their screens. Finally, the Good Spirit reveals to the evil magician an area within the cave where there are four pillars and a tableau of distinguished-looking ladies (goddesses?). She takes the magician downstage, forces him to the ground, pours a pitcher of something on him (ashes? Holy water?) and turns him into a lifeless skeleton, which she reveals to the camera. Three tall flames appear in the foreground, and the film is over.

IMDB Rating: 6.6