The Human Fly (1902)

aka L’homme mouche
Article 4149 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 2-5-2013
Directed by Georges Melies
Cast unknown
Country: France
What it is: Trick short

A Russian dancer is so talented he can even dance on the walls.

Though the cast isn’t credited, I’m assuming that’s Melies himself as the Russian dancer. If so, then I’m not only impressed with his ability to develop special effects (which come off smoothly in this short), but his dexterity and athleticism as a performer. He is constantly on the move here, dancing, doing gymnastic feats, and even crawling around all fours like a fly walking on the wall. This short isn’t in the best of condition, but the hand-coloring is also very well done. Though it’s not one of his major works, it’s very well done and a lot of fun.


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