The Cook’s Revenge (1900)

aka La vengeance du gate-sauce
Article 4061 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 10-22-2012
Directed by Georges Melies
Cast unknown
Country: France
What it is: Trick short

A cook gets into a fight with his manager. Who will survive… and what will be left of him?

This is a pretty short early Melies piece that mostly trots out decapitation and living head special effects. In the Melies world, decapitations are bloodless and not necessarily fatal; in fact, the heads can reattach and take revenge, as the title says. There’s a bit of a plot, but at one minute, it’s hardly necessary. This is an amusing early short.

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