The Temptation of Saint Anthony (1898)

aka La Tentation de Saint-Antoine
Article 2536 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-15-2008
Posting Date: 7-22-2008
Directed by Georges Melies
Featuring Georges Melies
Country: France

Saint Anthony is tempted.

So what tempts Saint Anthony? Well, it appears to be girls; pretty girls who appear out of nowhere and play ring-around-the-rosey with him. Even kissing that skull he keeps under his crucifix is no help; it just turns into another pretty girl. Then, when the figure on the cross turns into a pretty girl as well, all hope seems lost for our hero. But wait – here’s an angel to save him. Well, maybe – if you ask me, that angel also looks like a pretty girl, but our hero acts like he’s saved, so what do I know?

Personally, I find his propensity for kissing skulls to be a lot more disturbing.



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