Addition and Subtraction (1900)

ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION (1900)
aka Tom Whisky ou L’illusioniste toque
Article 4002 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 8-12-2012
Directed by Georges Melies
Cast unknown (but that’s probably Melies in the lead)
Country: France
What it is: Early trick short

A ragged magician makes women appear, disappear and transform.

The addition of the Walt Lee guide to my sources for movies to watch opens up the floodgate to a lot of early fantasy movies the other guides don’t cover. This is a typical Melies trick short in which he creates three women, condenses them to one fat woman and then a child, etc. This is hardly Melies at his most ambitious, but it’s a fairly entertaining one-minute short.

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