A Grandmother’s Story (1908)

aka Conte de la grand-mere et reve de l’enfant
Articler 4690 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 11-23-2014
Directed by Georges Melies
Featuring Andre Melies
Country: France
What it is: Whimsy

A child is told a bed-time story by his grandmother. He then goes to sleep and dreams of the fantasy places in the story.

This is basically a whimsical mood piece; there’s no story. It’s one of those shorts where you’re most likely to notice Melies’s creative scene design, and on that level it’s entertaining enough. Nevertheless, the lack of any story makes it a little dull, and there’s nothing particularly new or novel in the special effects in this one. In short, this one is pretty to look at, but there’s not much beyond that.

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