THE MYSTERIOUS BOX (1903)
aka The Trick Box, La Boite a malice
Article 2550 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-30-2008
Posting Date: 8-5-2008
Directed by Georges Melies
A magician and his assistant cause a woman to disappear and reappear in a tiny box.
No plot here; just another of Melies’s demonstrations of the magic of movie-making. Yet, somehow, it seems fitting that my Melies-a-Thon should end with one of his simpler magic films; after all, it was magic that drew him to the invention of all of the special effects he pioneered. I just want to take a moment here to thank all of the individuals and companies responsible for making these films available to the public once again, and let us hope they continue onwards in bringing us the forgotten and rarely seen wonders of the early cinema.