The Mysterious Knight (1899)

aka Le chevalier mystere
Article 4222 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 5-7-2013
Directed by Georges Melies
Featuring Georges Melies
Country: France
What it is: Magic trick short

A man in medieval costume performs tricks with a head he’s drawn on a blackboard.

How mysterious is he? Well, if you’ve read the description above, you’ll know he does magic tricks, which may be a bit unusual for a knight, but par for the course in a Melies trick short. I’m not even sure if the knight is Melies’s character, but if it isn’t, than the knight must be the decidedly feminine character who eventually appears from the head, and I find that even less likely. This is pretty standard Melies stuff, but I do like the bit where he pushes the head through a sword and then has a conversation with it (the head, not the sword). Beyond that, I also liked the background scenery, which isn’t being dismissive; Melies put as much effort into the set as he did into the special effects, and that does add interest factor to his shorts.

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