The Bewitched Trunk (1904)

aka Le Coffre enchante
Article 2540 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-19-2008
Posting Date: 7-26-2008
Directed by Georges Melies
Featuring Georges Melies
Country: France

A magician performs amazing feats with a trunk.

No plot here; this, like THE VANISHING LADY, is merely movie-as-magic-trick; Melies uses special effects to give us a magic show, in which various people and things appear and disappear in a trunk. This one is a little disappointing largely because it’s not very ambitious; I’m a little surprised that he was still making movies like this after A TRIP TO THE MOON, but then, he didn’t make more than five hundred films by waiting around for inspiration to strike. This one is unremarkable, but fun nonetheless.



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