THE INN WHERE NO MAN RESTS (1903)
aka L’auberge du bon repos
Article 4158 By Dave Sindelar
Directed by Georges Melies
What it is: Comic trick short
A drunken man tries to settle in at an inn for the night, but strange events prevent him from getting any sleep.
This is something of an earlier version of THE DREAM OF A RAREBIT FIEND, and, like that short, it features a man trying to rest in a bed that won’t stay still. Granted, there are a lot of other things going on in this one, like a painting that blows out candles and eats things, a coatrack that comes to life, and the ubiquitous Meliesian tumbling imp. Of course, one of the ambiguities of this one is whether these events are really happening or whether they’re hallucinations of the drunken man. It’s not one of his best, but it’s fun and mildly entertaining.