La valise de Barnum (1904)

Article 4301 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 8-31-2013
Directed by Gaston Velle
Featuring Gaston Velle
Country: France
What it is: Trick short

A showman puts up posters showing the acts in his sideshow. After making his assistants disappear, he then goes through the posters again, only this time the images in the posters come to life.

In terms of its special effects, this short doesn’t really do anything that Melies hadn’t done (with the possible exception of a short stop-motion sequence at the end). Still, the difference in style gives the short a bit of its own identity, and the sideshow theme also adds some novelty value; the images include a bearded lady and a strong man, as well as the obligatory dancing girl. This one is passable.

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