Whimsical Illusions (1910)


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 (3 May 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Two magicians show us what they can do

My Take on it – This is another of Gorges Melies masterpieces IMHO because he is able to take such a simple concept and expand on it so much.

The use of movie magic was a little known talent at the time and he was one of the pioneers in this new form of media.

This film is basically two magicians showing some amazing tricks that all look so much more realistic because of the magic of movies.

Obviously, by today’s standards some of the tricks are easily visible yet back then, this was pure magic on the screen.

He had each frame of the film hand colored to make them in color and it’s great watching this short yet sweet film in the manner that he wanted us to see it.

Bottom Line – Great way to show what the wonders of move magic can accomplish. Melies was a genius and this film is another prime example of how talented he truly was. Short yet very sweet to wtach how it is all put together. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Georges Méliès himself stars in this vibrantly hand-tinted short film as a magician performing a series of conjuring tricks. (From Amazon)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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