La caverna de la bruja (1906)

aka The Witch’s Cave, L’antre de la sorciere
Article 3946 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 6-3-2012
Directed by Segundo de Chomon
Cast unknown
Country: France
What it is: Comic witch tale

An idiot leaves his wife when she breaks a plate over his head. He then goes to the cave of a witch to find a replacement for her.

For the most part, the plot plays little role in this silent short; most of the middle section has the idiot being tormented by various apparitions in the cave, who reappear and disappear at will. Even when the idiot tries to pick out a new wife, he’s still tormented by the fiends. It all leads to a happy ending (I suppose), but, for the life of me, I don’t understand why the wife would want the idiot back if he annoys her so much she breaks plates over his head. Still, I’m no expert on dysfunctional relationships, so we’ll just let that be. All in all, this is a fairly amusing short.

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