The Mysterious Island (1905)

aka L’ile de Calypso: Ulysse et le geant Polypheme, Ulysses and Giant Polyphemus
Article 3169 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 2-16-2010
Posting Date: 4-18-2010
Directed by Georges Melies
Cast unknown
Country: France
What it is: Mini Homeric epic

Ulysses returns to the island of Calypso; there he encounters the cyclops.

The deceptive English title makes it sound like it’s another Verne adaptation, but such is not the case. It’s something of a sequel to “The Odyssey”, with Ulysses seeking Calypso and doing battle with Polyphemus, all in under four minutes. The special effects are rather fun; I like the moving eye in the cyclops’s forehead.

Tomorrow we take a small break from the Melies-a-thon.

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