LUTTES EXTRAVAGANTES (1899)
aka An Extraordinary Wrestling Match
Article 5088 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Georges Melies
What it is: Trick short
Wrestlers show off the latest moves, such as how to turn into someone of the opposite sex and how to tear apart and reassemble an opponent.
This one just recently went on my “ones that got away” list only to show up about a week later. Those who have seen FAT AND LEAN WRESTLING MATCH (also from Melies) will find this one very familiar; that film was a an almost virtual remake of this one, with a second sequence added at the end. At any rate, the film is still rather amusing, and it’s always welcome to find that another of Melies’s films is indeed extant.