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Author: David ShepardAlexander RannieCharles MusserGeorges MélièsPatrick E MontgomeryAll authors
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Kino on Video, ©2002.
Series: Movies begin, v. 4.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Decades before the term 'special effects' was coined, audiences of the newborn cinema were witnessing spectacular screen illusions, courtesy of the medium's first master magician: Georges Méliès. Such films as THE ECLIPSE (1907) and LONG DISTANCE WIRELESS PHOTOGRAPHY (1908) not only demonstrate Méliès's astounding employment of double exposure, makeup, editing and theatrical trickery but provide mesmerizing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Silent films
Short films
Fiction films
Nonfiction films
Biographical films
DVDs
Biography
History
Named Person: Georges Méliès; Georges Méliès
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: David Shepard; Alexander Rannie; Charles Musser; Georges Méliès; Patrick E Montgomery; Luciano Martinengo; Kino International Corporation.; Film Preservation Associates.; Star-film.; Blackhawk Films.
OCLC Number: 49396802
Language Note: Silent, with musical accompaniment. Some intertitles, predominantly in English.
Notes: Collective title from disc menu. Film titles & film credits from screen.
Originally compiled for video in 1994.
"Fifteen fantastic works by the cinema's first special effects wizard, including The Mermaid, Impossible Voyage, and the documentary Georges Méliès: Cinema Magician."--Front cover of container.
Credits: Music composed and performed by Alexander Rannie ; program notes by Charles Musser.
Description: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sd., b&w and tinted b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; NTSC.
Contents: Le roi du maquillage = The untamable whiskers (1904) --
Sorcellerie culinaire = The cook in trouble / Star Film, Paris (1904) --
Le thaumaturge Chinoise = Tchin-Chao: the Chinese conjuror / Star Film, Paris (1904) --
Le merveilleus éventail vivant l'éventail magique = The wonderful living fan (1904) --
Le sirène = The mermaid / Star Film, Paris (1904) --
Les cartes vivantes = The living playing cards (1905) --
Le diable noir = Black imp / Star Film, Paris (1905) --
La chaise à porteurs enchantée = The enchanted sedan chair (1907) --
Le tripot clandestin = The scheming gambler's paradise (1906) --
Les affiches en goguette = The hilarious posters (1906) --
L'alchimiste parafaragamus ou la cornue infernale = Mysterious retort (1906) --
L'éclipse = The eclipse, the courtship of the sun and moon (1907) --
La colle universelle = Good glue sticks (1907) --
La photographie électrique à distance = Long distance wireless photography / Star Films (1908) --
Le voyage travers l'impossible = An impossible voyage / adapted and read by Fabrice Zagury, Star Film, Paris (1904) --
Georges Méliès : cinema magician / a film by Patrick Montgomery and Luciano Martinengo ; Blackhawk Films Inc. (1978).
Series Title: Movies begin, v. 4.
Other Titles: Treasury of ealy cinema, 1894-1913
Responsibility: Kino International ; produced by Film Preservation Associates ; produced for video by David Shepard.

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"Decades before the term 'special effects' was coined, audiences of the newborn cinema were witnessing spectacular screen illusions, courtesy of the medium's first master magician: Georges Méliès. Such films as THE ECLIPSE (1907) and LONG DISTANCE WIRELESS PHOTOGRAPHY (1908) not only demonstrate Méliès's astounding employment of double exposure, makeup, editing and theatrical trickery but provide mesmerizing insight into the social context of his work, which blended Victorian approaches to astronomy, superstition and feminine beauty with the unnatural wonders of 20th-century technology and heavy doses of slapstick. The centerpiece of the collection is THE IMPOSSIBLE VOYAGE (1904), presented with the authentic frame-by-frame hand-coloring and narration penned by Méliès himself. GEORGES MÉLIÈS: CINEMA MAGICIAN is a documentary on the filmmaker's life, integrating rare photographs, early drawings and numerous clips. It charts Méliès' rise from shoe factory worker to proprietor of Paris's mystical Théatre Robert-Houdin, where he learned the skills to become a cinematic illusionist and developed an interest in the supernatural, exquisitely represented in THE MYSTERIOUS RETORT (1906) and THE BLACK IMP (1905)."--Publisher.

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