Les lunettes feeriques (1909)

aka X-Ray Glasses
Article 4861 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 7-2-2015
Directed by Emile Cohl
Cast unknown
Country: France
What it is: Odd trick short

An elderly man is in possession of glasses which show what the wearer is thinking in the lenses. Various people at a party try them on.

There’s no real plot to this short from Emile Cohl; all that happens is that various people try the glasses on, and we then see in the lenses what items they’re thinking of. One is thinking of food, one is thinking of games, one is thinking of money, etc. However, it is interesting to note that Cohl uses a number of different techniques here. The movie is a combination of live-action (the party sequences), abstract animation, traditional animation, stop-motion animation, montage and whatever method he thinks is appropriate to use in displaying the interests and/or obsessions of the party members. It’s pleasantly distracting, but the lack of a plot (or point, for that matter) keeps it from being anything more than that.

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