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Film and special effects pioneer Georges Melies laid the groundwork for fantasy film as we know it today. This collection celebrates the innovations of the magician, entrepreneur and filmmaker with 15 restored Melies shorts, including some of the earliest film experiments in history. Also featured is Jacques Meny's fine documentary, The Magic of Melies (1997, 55 mins.). Films: The Four Troublesome Heads (1898), Fat and Lean Wrestling Match (1900), The One-Man Band (1900), The Man with the Rubber Head (1901), Bluebeard (1901), A Trip to the Moon (1902), The Infernal Boiling Pot (1903), The Infernal Cakewalk (1903), The Music Lover (1903), The Living Playing Cards (1904), Hilarious Posters (1904), Imperceptible Transmutations (1904), Untameable Whiskers (1904), The Scheming Gambler's Paradise (1905), and The Devilish Tenant (1909). The Melies shorts are silent with original music by Eric Le Guen. The Magic of Melies is in French with English subtitles.

Georges Melies/Jacques Meny---France---1898-1909/1997---185 mins.