Les tulipes (1907)

aka The Tulips
Article 4293 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 8-21-2013
Directed by Segundo de Chomon
Cast unknown
Country: France
What it is: Trick film

A female gardener has experiences with tulip fairies and fends off the unwanted advances of a male suitor.

There may actually be a plot to this one; the presence of the unwanted male suitor seems to indicate there’s some sort of storyline. Still, it’s nearly impossible to tell what that story is, as most of the film is a random array of special effects in which fairies appear in garden scenes. There’s a giant face of what I suppose is some sort of a demon, and since we have so many females, we get the obligatory dance sequence as well. Certain special effects here I’ve come to associate with Chomon; there are fountains of colored water, and lots of smoke and sparks. It’s a pretty typical Chomon short; I probably would have liked it a little better if the story had been clear.

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