Onesime aux Enfers (1912)

aka Simple Simon and the Devil
Article 3507 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 2-25-2011
Posting Date: 3-22-2011
Directed by Jean Durand
Featuring Ernest Bourbon and Gaston Modot
Country: France
What it is: Supernatural comedy

A simpleton sells his soul to the devil so he can pay for his lunch. He then goes to hell. Hilarity ensues.

Well, they don’t call him Simple Simon for nothing. Onesime was a comic character who appeared in quite a few early French shorts; I’ve encountered him before in ONESIME HORLOGER. So what is hell like in this one? Well, in true Melies fashion, it’s full of tumbling imps, as well as beautiful women who, when Onesime tries to kiss them, turn into fat demons or policemen. It also has a twist ending that I just knew was coming. This is another charming early short.

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