The Witch’s Revenge (1903)

aka Le sorcier
Article 4311 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 9-15-2013
Directed by Georges Melies
Cast unknown
Country: France
What is it: Trick film with a plot

An old man arrested for practicing witchcraft pleads for his freedom to the king, who finally relents when the old man offers to perform tricks for the king’s pleasure.

Apparently, the use of the word “witch” in the English title is meant to be sex-independent, as our magician is male. It’s basically a trick film with a plot attached to it, and, given the fact that the tricks aren’t particularly novel this time round, that’s a good thing; the plot adds some interest to the proceedings. I notice that Melies resists the desire to feature dancing girls in this one; except for the ending where almost all of the characters cake-walk off the screen, there is no dancing. This makes for a mildly amusing three minutes.

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