The Magician (1898)


I usually have a rule that a film must be at least 5 minutes long before I am willing to review it, but after recently watching Hugo (2011), I’ve decided to make an exception for the short films of Georges Melies because they are responsible for creating some of the most amazing early movie making tricks.

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Mar 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A magician does a quick act where things get crazier and crazier.

My Take on it – This may be a two minute film, but the famed director Georges Melies was able to show here how magical the proper use of film making can truly be.

He was one of the very first directors to present the world the nearly unlimited potential that the new medium of film had for the world.

He was able to use movie making magic tricks both during filming and in post production to show the world wondrous things on screen.

This film is the perfect example of how easily it may seem to make movie magic, yet in actuality it used to be much more difficult, but in the right hands, like the hands of Georges Melies, we can constantly see amazing things on screen.

Here’s the film via YouTube

Bottom Line – Melies shows with this short film how intuitive he was when it came to using film making to show such magical things on screen. There isn’t really a plot here but it is able to present the world with the unlimited wonders that the medium of film can achieve. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Alternate title is Black Magic (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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