Bob Kick, the Mischievous Kid (1903)

aka Bob Kick, l’enfant terrible
Article 4049 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Georges Melies
Featuring Georges Melies
Country: France
What it is: Trick short

Bob Kick drinks a bottle of booze and has hallucinations. He then jumps through a hoop and vanishes.

When you’re watching a silent three minute short, you don’t really expect much in the way of a plot. Still, this one seems rather random and pointless, with the first part setting up a situation that then plays no role in the second part of the movie. As a trick short, it all seems rather routine; Melies had already done the same tricks before, and this one adds nothing new. This isn’t one of the better examples of Melies’s oeuvre.


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