REPAS INFERNAL (1901)
aka Repas impossible, The Infernal Meal
Article 5252 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Ferdinand Zecca
What it is: Early trick short
A diner with a devilish waiter finds himself assaulted by his dining table.
I’m sure I’ve seen a few variations of this one already; a diner finds it impossible to eat because of the antics of the dining furniture. This one rushes by so quickly that it really doesn’t have time to explore the possibilities; other than the table jumping on his back and the waiter disappearing in a puff of smoke, not much really happens. Granted, the copy of the short I saw ran only 23 seconds, and about a third of that is the opening title, so I can’t say expected anything more elaborate. However, this one might have been more fun had it been longer.