Ten Ladies in an Umbrella (1903)

aka La parapluie fantastique
Article 4284 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 8-7-2013
Directed by Georges Melies
Featuring Georges Melies
Country: France
What it is: Melies magic short

A magician performs tricks, most of which involve making women appear from an umbrella.

Much as I love the work of Melies, his endless succession of magic trick shorts do grow tiresome after a bit, and watching this one right after TCHIN-CHAO, THE CHINESE CONJUROR (which also involved people appearing from behind a parasol), it’s difficult to shake the “been there, done that” feel. Granted, the transitions are quick and effective in this one, and he does make ten ladies appear from the umbrella (I counted). Still, there’s moments that do drag on a bit where he stops doing tricks and is trying to interact with the ladies. At any rate, here’s another one to cross off the list.

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