THE ENCHANTED SEDAN-CHAIR (1905)
aka La chaise a porteur enchantee
Article 4092 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Georges Melies
Featuring Georges Melies
What it is: Magic film
A magician performs several tricks, some of which involve a sedan-chair.
This is another one of Melies’s “magician” shorts; these are ones where he appears as a magician and does a series of cinematic tricks. Though any individual one of these shorts may be fun, the cumulative effect is less interesting, as many of them are pretty interchangeable. This one is well done enough, but I didn’t see any new tricks that he hadn’t illustrated before, and there really isn’t much in the way of surprises. It’s Melies churning out product.