THE WIZARD, THE PRINCE AND THE GOOD FAIRY (1900)
aka Le Sorcier, le prince et le bon genie
Article 2548 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-27-2008
Posting Date: 8-3-2008
Directed by Goerges Melies
A prince pays good money to a wizard, who makes a beautiful woman appear. The prince becomes angry when the beautiful woman disappears, so the wizard torments him. Who will save the prince? (Hint: Notice that one of the title characters hasn’t been mentioned yet).
Melies must have had it in for practitioners of the black arts; both the wizard in this one and the witch in the aptly named THE WITCH get the fuzzy end of the lollipop. At least the wizard here deserved his fate; anyone who conjures up a mob of big-nosed women with pointed sticks to do his vengeance isn’t a nice guy. It’s the usual Melies special effects shenanigans here.