Cauchemar et doux reves (1909)

aka Sweet Dreams Intermingled with Nightmare
Article 4271 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 7-24-2013
Directed by Segundo de Chomon
Featuring Julienne Matthieu
Country: France
What it is: Fantasy trick film

A woman falls asleep by a pond, and has two dreams. The first is a nightmare where she is tormented by trolls. The second takes her to a fairyland where she is romanced by a rich courtier.

This is a cute but rather minor entry from the oeuvre of Segundo de Chomon. For some reason, I can’t think of much to say about this one; the dreams vs. nightmares theme is only mildly interesting but not really compelling, it doesn’t appear to be an imitation of any of the other shorts I’ve seen (but then, plenty of shorts from the era are missing), and it builds up to an okay punch line. All in all, it’s pretty ordinary.

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