A Mesmerian Experiment (1905)

aka Le baquet de Mesmer
Article 5258 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 9-30-2016
Directed by Georges Melies
Cast unknown
Country: France
What it is: Magic trick film

A magician shows us that he can create dancing girls from an empty tub.

Much as I love Melies, I’m going to have to call foul on the title here; if you’re going to reference Mesmer, than you should have something involving hypnotism in the works. There’s nothing like that here; he does a magic trick with a tub to make it produce a series of dresses, which then turn into dancing girls, which of course, then, dance. For a minute I thought he was going to pull one of the dancing girls down to do trick with hypnotism, but no, they just dance some more, and then they are turned into ducks. For Melies, this is pretty run-of-the-mill stuff, and personally, I’d rather see tumbling imps, but no such luck. This is not Melies at his best.


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