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.
Brief Synopsis – The fairy tale of Cinderella told via the movie magic of Georges Melies.
My Take on it – Georges Melies does a wonderful job here of telling the fairy tale story of Cinderella using the magic of the new medium of movies right before the turn of the 20th century.
Movie magic made it possible to show the actual magic of the story in a visual medium with characters transforming before out very eyes.
This was the perfect choice of a film to use in order to show off lots of the magic of the film making business because it uses a tale many people were familiar with yet never had the ability to see visually due to the way that characters transform into other one due to the magic of the fairy godmother.
He was even able to use colorization in some scenes which was originally all done by coloring each and every frame… very tedious work, yet worth it due the amazing end result.
Yes, the story is told rapidly due to the short length of this film, yet it is done very well despite also being a silent film.
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Bottom Line – Melies does a wonderful job telling the tale of Cinderella with the new magic of the movie making medium. The ability to show the magic of the story and to let us see the magical transformations of the characters in the story is quite interesting to see especially from one of the earliest known films. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Perhaps, the first film to use photographic dissolves (or fades) as a transition effect. This was done using Melies’ method of in-camera editing. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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