EXTRAORDINARY ILLUSIONS (1901)
aka Dislocation mysterieuse, An Extraordinary Dislocation
Article 4657 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Georges Melies
Featuring Andre Deed
What it is: Trick short
A clown has a novel way of reaching for and using things that are out of his normal reach.
Given the events that occur during this Georges Melies trick short, I’d have to say the alternate English title (AN EXTRAORDINARY DISLOCATION) is much more descriptive than the relatively vague title under which I found this. The clown is able to have his limbs and head detach from his torso to reach the out-of-the-way objects, though sometimes the limbs seem to take on a will of their own. It’s one of Melies’s more focused trick shorts, in that it is specifically designed to demonstrate a certain trick and see how much he can do with it. As such, this is a simple and satisfying short that doesn’t wear out its welcome.